blind alley

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Synonyms for blind alley

a course leading nowhere

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Synonyms for blind alley

a street with only one way in or out

(figurative) a course of action that is unproductive and offers no hope of improvement

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The political system with absolutely no external assistance has on its own walked into a blind alley. The State of Pakistan is up against a dangerous impasse a gridlock and a deadlock three in one.
Thus the treatment of Karen Cusack, whose 21-year-old son Adam was mercilessly stabbed to death after being chased down a blind alley.
By contrast, the opposition's "friends" have led it to a blind alley
"We acknowledged that our relations had entered a blind alley and the way out of the situation should be searched for.
Adam Cusack was chased down a blind alley and stabbed to death.
Once England's reply to West Indies' 426 was given substance by Pietersen (78) and Bell (76no) in a stumps total of 221 for five, this contest was headed down a blind alley.
The EU's top envoy to Bosnia, Valentin Inzko, recently urged the country's leaders to leave the "blind alley" they have marched down "by accident or by design", warning that Serbian secession would represent a "posthumous triumph" for Slobodan Milosevic, the late president of Yugoslavia and Serbia.
Sadly the 'shop' link is a blind alley at the moment - I want a Hogmaneigh cruet set.
a one way street as if some accident has thrown him into a blind alley
They sped into a blind alley, narrowly missing pedestrians and hitting three parked cars, said witnesses.
A patrolman pal of mine bad an armed dope dealer cornered in an inky-black blind alley. They were casually trading occasional shots, waitin' for backup to arrive, when suddenly a huge supernova light came on, a door swung open, and the alley was instantly filled with laughing, leaping, twirling cheerleaders, complete with pompoms, ponytails, big bells on their shoes and those cute little kick-skirts.
He advocates retreating from the blind alley the Internet now inhabits and making a fresh start from the foundations up.
During its Presidency, Germany will also address the Open Sky dossier with the United States, which appears to be up something of a blind alley. It has also indicated that it means to adopt a decision on the establishment of the SESAR joint undertaking under the European air traffic management programme.
The start of Ankara's talks suggested they will proceed under a cloud of potential political blockages stemming from the division of Cyprus.a Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik talked of a risk of ending up in a 'blind alley', Mr Rehn of a possible 'train crash'.
He succeeded only in leading his forces into a blind alley. In short, it was a bad idea."