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English definition of “dead end”

dead end

[C] a road that is closed at one end, and does not lead anywhere : a dead-end street Routes and roads in general [S] a situation that has no hope of making progress : Negotiators have reached a dead end in their attempts to find a peaceful solution .Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters dead-end     verb [I] US If a road or path dead-ends, it is closed at one end, and does not lead anywhere : The road dead-ended halfway up the mountain .
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