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British pronunciation/dˈɛd ˈɛnd/
American pronunciation/dˈɛd ˈɛnd/
Dead end
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a situation that shows no signs of progress or improvement

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What is the origin of the idiom "dead end" and when to use it?

The idiom "dead end" is believed to have originated in the United States in the late 19th century, and was originally used to describe a street or road that has no outlet or exit. It is often used to describe a situation where someone has reached a point where there is no way forward, or where further efforts are unlikely to be successful.

02

a street with no exit, closed at one end

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The company's outdated business model has led it to a dead end in the market.
The negotiations have reached a dead end, with no progress made on either side.
He has tried every avenue to find a job in his field, but he's come to a dead end.
Millan's company hit the dead end last week, but I had no horse in that race as I resigned a month before all that.
When you reach the dead end, you have to turn around.
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