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dead end

noun uk   us  
[C] a road that is closed at one end, and does not lead anywhere: a dead-end street [S] a situation that has no hope of making progress: Negotiators have reached a dead end in their attempts to find a peaceful solution.
dead-end
verb [I] uk   US 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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