from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An alley or passage that is closed at one end.
- n. A mistaken, unproductive undertaking.
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- n. Used other than as an idiom: see blind, alley. A street or passageway that leads nowhere.
- n. A course of inquiry that leads nowhere.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. an alley closed at one end; a cul-de-sac.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a street with only one way in or out
- n. (figurative) a course of action that is unproductive and offers no hope of improvement
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The minute he saw her disappear into a kind of blind alley at the end of the street, he guessed at once that it was Madame Retailleau.
It lay at right angles to the blind alley which was Beverley Mews on the one side, and Wishart Street, which wriggled down into Church Street, Kensington, on the other.