blind alley

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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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5 JOE MASON Starved of service and left to make little runs that got him nowhere and led to blind alleys.
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.
EDUCATION Secretary Michael Gove's relentless pursuit of local authorities is leading him down ever more blind alleys.
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.
phones with calls that keep the plot advancing down blind alleys,
Clinical professionals are too busy caring for patients to be dragged into blind alleys of overly optimistic systems implementation.
We gave two absolutely shocking goals away, and while the lads showed character to get in front in the first half, in the second, we went down blind alleys.
Hunt He urged left-leaning Lib-Dems - probably the majority of the party''s membership in Merseyside - to recognise a Lib-Lab alliance as one of the great blind alleys of political history.
Speaking afterwards, he said: "The simplistic solutions laced with hate which the BNP peddle are blind alleys which offer nothing to our communities.