blind alley

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Etymology[edit]

The notion of ‘blindness’ comes from the lack of a through passage (the ‘eye’). Attested since 1583, and used figuratively since the mid-19th century.[1]

Noun[edit]

blind alley ‎(plural blind alleys)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see blind,‎ alley. A street or passageway that leads nowhere.
  2. (figuratively) A course of inquiry that leads nowhere.

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  1. ^ blind alley”, The Phrase Finder, Gary Martin.