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Meaning of dead end

dead' end'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. something, as a street or water pipe, that has no exit.
  2. a position that offers no hope of progress; blind alley; cul-de-sac: His theory led him to a dead end.

dead-end

Pronunciation: (ded'end'), [key]
— adj.
  1. terminating in a dead end: a dead-end street.
  2. having no possibility for or hope of progress, advancement, etc.: a low-level, dead-end job.
  3. leading a life in the slums: growing up as a tough dead-end kid.
—v.i.
  1. to come to a dead end: The road dead-ends at the lake.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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