Dead End

Meaning of Idiom ‘Dead End’

1. A road or other passage that is blocked at one end and thus does not lead anywhere.

2. A situation, job, etc. which does not allow one to make progress; an impasse 1Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms]. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002


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Examples Of Use

“Turn right to get to the main road. Just don’t use the first right because that’s a dead-end street.”

“This job is a dead end. I need to find something that can lead to a career.”

“I was only 25 and I was already in a dead-end marriage with a low-paying job.”

“The peace talks between the two countries have reached a dead end.”

Dead end idiom meaning

Origin

When referring to streets or other passages, this idiom has been used since the late 1800s. The second use, commonly referring to jobs or other situations, has been common since around 1920. The word dead is used to mean absolute or complete. 4Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms]. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.
2. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
3. McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002
4. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.