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Blind alley   /blaɪnd ˈæli/   Listen
Blind alley

A street with only one way in or out.  Synonyms: cul de sac, dead-end street, impasse.
(figurative) a course of action that is unproductive and offers no hope of improvement.  "So far every road that we've been down has turned out to be a blind alley"

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"Blind alley" Quotes from Famous Books

... the future will recall. Lord Byron was beginning to make his mark; a note to a poem by Millevoye introduced him to France in these terms: a certain Lord Baron. David d'Angers was trying to work in marble. The Abbe Caron was speaking, in terms of praise, to a private gathering of seminarists in the blind alley of Feuillantines, of an unknown priest, named Felicite-Robert, who, at a latter date, became Lamennais. A thing which smoked and clattered on the Seine with the noise of a swimming dog went and came beneath the windows of the Tuileries, from the ...
— Les Miserables - Complete in Five Volumes • Victor Hugo

... and Bobinette had gone a long way from The Crying Calf. By a labyrinth of little streets, all darkness and mystery, Vagualame had led his companion to a kind of blind alley: a tall house blocked the end of it. A large shop on the ground floor occupied half the front of it. Although the iron shutters had been drawn down, light from the interior penetrated through apertures to the street—thin ...
— A Nest of Spies • Pierre Souvestre

... alley," said Tom Bradford. "I've often looked into it when I passed it on my beat. But it's a blind alley and doesn't lead to any thing. It ...
— Army Boys on German Soil • Homer Randall

Words linked to "Blind alley" :   course of action, figure, figure of speech, trope, thoroughfare, image, course

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