American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having no exit.
- adj. Permitting no opportunity for advancement: a dead-end job.
- adj. Informal Tough and rowdy: a dead-end gang.
- v. To terminate with no exit or possibility of advancement: The road dead-ends at the lake. That job dead-ends at the end of the year.
- adj. Going nowhere; blocked.
- v. US To come to a dead-end
- n. The end of a road, (or by extension), the end of any event.
- adj. lacking opportunities for development or advancement
“Long-time opposition leader turned elected president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, warned that without development for impoverished communities, democracy could become what he called a dead-end.”
“Most househunters have monetary considerations and having an idea of the price saves maybe a dozen or so dead-end phone calls or inquiries.”
“Bexley Place is a short, dead-end road just east of St. Barnabas Road, originating from Old Branch Avenue.”
“Crafford Place, too, is a dead-end street, part of a residential complex.”
“Please be true so we can stop fooling around with these monolithic wind turbines and dead-end solar farms. aj229a Says:”
“Since graduating I have been forced to live off the grid because getting a soulless, dead-end, low-paying job is the only other option and a horrible, hopeless option at that.”
“With its title inspired by the Jorge Luis Borges short story of the same name, the exhibition revolves around the concept of the labyrinth--one in which false pathways, illusory exits, dead-end tunnels and pitfalls are frequently employed, creating the appearance of possible escape where there is none.”
“For these workers, the only help-wanted signs are for dead-end jobs that lead to poverty.”
“Scrapping or overhauling "dead-end" courses would limit losses to the taxpayer from students who fail to repay their loans.”
“We may throw good money after bad ideas, or waste time in a dead-end relationship, because we haven't come up with an alternative, or because we don't want to admit to our friends and family, or to ourselves, that we were wrong.”
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