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Borrowed from French cul-de-sac, from cul (bottom) + de (of) + sac (bag, sack).



cul-de-sac (plural cul-de-sacs or culs-de-sac)

  1. A blind alley or dead end street.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      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.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[2]:
      His was the end house of a cul-de-sac, with the side wall of a huge brewery beyond.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. (medicine) A sack-like cavity, a tube open at one end only.


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cul-de-sac m (plural cul-de-sacs)

  1. cul-de-sac
    Synonym: atzucac

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cul-de-sac m (plural culs-de-sac)

  1. dead end, cul-de-sac (a path that goes nowhere)
  2. impasse


  • English: cul-de-sac

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cul-de-sac m (plural culs-de-sac or cul-de-sacs or cul-de-sac)

  1. cul-de-sac; blind alley (street that leads nowhere)
    Synonyms: rua sem saída, beco sem saída
  2. cul-de-sac (circular area at the end of a dead end street)
  3. (figuratively) cul-de-sac; dead end; impasse
    Synonyms: impasse, beco sem saída