dead end

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dead end (plural dead ends)

  1. (idiomatic) A street or path that goes nowhere or is blocked on one end.
    That road comes to a dead end at the lake.
  2. A position that offers no hope of progress.
    Her father suggested that she decline the job because it was a dead end.
  3. A split end in the hair.
    • 1890, The Young Lady's Private Counselor (page 208)
      Cut the ends of the hair once a month certain — no matter if you do cut but just the tips of a fourth of an inch, cut it. Cut off the dead ends every month as regularly as the new moon comes round.

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