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blind alley

A road, alley, or passageway open at one end only. Also see cul-de-sac.
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Among specific topics are blind alleys and red herrings, transport fuels are the place to start, completing the energy shift: hydrogen from sunlight, where the world went wrong, and catch up: India as a case study.
Nations which refuse to learn from their follies, continue to drift into blind alleys. The 1971 events had convinced Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto that for Pakistan to survive, it must acquire nuclear deterrence, which alone can ensure its survival.
THE SNP's pursuit of independence has led the party down some blind alleys.
sport@ com Collectively, we handled their pattern of play really well and forced them to run down blind alleys a lot of the time.
It has been said that Lennon was looking tired but he was only looking that way because West Brom were overloading our right hand side with defenders, so he ran into blind alleys.
JOE MASON Starved of service and left to little runs that got him nowhere led to blind alleys. Hard to remember him having an effort goal which was a reflection THE BLUEBIRDS as a whole., not the striker.
Between August 13 and 28 Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri both walked into their respective blind alleys a narrow path between two thick concrete walls with no exit.
Note: of course, a few red herrings and blind alleys are embedded, otherwise it would hardly be interesting.
Time and again the researchers go down blind alleys, only to start again using a different tack - such as ditching one simple but slow-growing bacterial species in favor of another more complex one that will replicate faster in petri dishes.
Chosen for TV coverage, presumably because both teams looked potential promotion material, the game kept running down blind alleys.
Newsies did some snooping, apparently running into walls of silence and blind alleys. OC Weekly suggested--without revealing what they had found--that Bitter had been acting as a confidential informant, and he was angry--you might say "Bitter was bitter"--because the feds were tardy in making payments to him.
phones with calls that keep the plot advancing down blind alleys,