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dead end

1. A length of pipe leading from a soil, waste, or vent pipe, building drain, or building sewer, which is terminated by a plug, cap, or other closed fitting; there is no circulation in this length of pipe, and no waste from a plumbing fixture is fed into it.
2. The point of fastening in a running rope system where the other end is fastened to a rope drum.
3. In concrete work, the end opposite that to which a load is applied.
4. A portion of a corridor in which the travel to an exit is in one direction only.
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Relegated Halesowen Town, already without the crocked Clinton Thomas and Richard Crisp for the rest of the campaign, have a doubt over striker Dennis Bailey (dead leg) for their home game with Cambridge City.
Francis and Williams both missed out with concussion while Ewels has a hamstring injury, Joseph a dead leg and Nowell an ankle problem, prompting Jones to draft in Bath prop Henry Thomas and London Irish winger Joe Cokanasiga.
The Brazil international was forced off with a dead leg just 13 minutes into Monday's win at Watford.
Uncapped Ulster centre Luke Marshall is available to replace the injured Gordon D'Arcy after recovering from the dead leg incurred on provincial duty on Friday night.
The ball-carrying blindside has been out of action since coming off with a dead leg against Doncaster over a fortnight ago.
Beleaguered Scotland coach Andy Robinson also saw two other players leave the field injured - scrum-half Mike Blair with a dead leg and fly-half Greig Laidlaw a head knock.
The inspirational captain missed the 27-13 win against Scotland with a dead leg, but is undergoing intensive treatment in a bid to make the Triple Crown showdown at Twickenham on Saturday week.
O'Neil has recovered from the frustrating dead leg which kept him out of the Reading clash.
Quirke, who has stepped up from the club's academy, went on for Freddy Eastwood, who had a dead leg, and his watching team-mates were urging the player to score.
WHY do I get a "dead leg" if I bump into a piece of furniture?
Centre Andrew Henderson's dead leg had ruled him out of the Portugal match, while scrum-half Rory Lawson tweaked his back during a weights session earlier this week.
Midfielder Kieran Richardson (left) is available after a dead leg. Geoff Horsfield (knee) could start in attack but midfielder Jonathan Greening is banned.