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- A blind alley or dead end street.
- 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure:
- Before we had gone fifty yards we perceived that all hopes of getting further up the stream in the whale-boat were at an end, for not two hundred yards above where we had stopped were a succession of shallows and mudbanks, with not six inches of water over them. It was a watery cul de sac.
- A circular area at the end of a dead end street to allow cars to turn around, designed so children can play on the street, with little or no through-traffic.
- 2010 January 17, Cara Buckley, “A Suburban Treasure, Left to Die”, in New York Times, page Section MB; Column 0; Metropolitan Desk; Pg. 1:
- And in suburbs known for new development, preservationists are often battling a general perception that there is nothing historic or worth saving among the cul-de-sacs.
- An impasse.
- 2005 February 14, National Review:
- Physics seems, in fact, to have got itself into a cul-de-sac, obsessing over theories so mathematically abstruse that nobody even knows how to test them.
- (medicine) A sack-like cavity, a tube open at one end only.
blind alley — see dead end
circular area at the end of a dead end street
impasse — see impasse
medicine: a sacklike cavity or tube
cul-de-sac m (plural cul-de-sacs)
- → English: cul-de-sac
- “cul-de-sac”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.