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lead nowhere

To ultimately yield or achieve no useful, beneficial, or successful result or outcome. This meeting is leading nowhere. We've been here for over two hours now and haven't even been able to come up with a name for our product! It appears that talks between Democrats and Republicans on a compromised spending bill have led nowhere.
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lead (somebody) ˈnowhere

have no successful result for somebody: This discussion is leading nowhere.
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References in classic literature ?
The little draughts that led nowhere were taking the manhood out of him.
Every few steps other lofty and still narrower crevices branched from it on either hand -- for McDougal's cave was but a vast labyrinth of crooked aisles that ran into each other and out again and led nowhere.
We seemed to be in a stone labyrinth that led nowhere.
Saillard's salary from the government had always been four thousand five hundred francs a year, and no more; his situation was a blind alley that led nowhere, and had tempted no one to supersede him.
Unfortunately, repeated attempts to report and stop Marcy's behavior led nowhere.
The rest of the 1980s was marked by a series of stop-start UN-sponsored talks which led nowhere.
He revealed that Future would take a different stance if dialogue with Hezbollah led nowhere.
Various United Nations-backed conferences led nowhere and at that time, nothing would convince the West or most Arabs or Turkey to intervene militarily as the grim civil war left 200,000 people dead and created more than 8.
The other options -- when dialogue and moderation are discarded -- have led nowhere.
Good thing I was early, because the hallways led nowhere and I lost my way to the cafeteria.
He thought about leaving intelligence work to join a fighting unit but his thoughts led nowhere.
End of march the Bulgarian cabinet led by PM Boyko Borisov announced it is giving up plans building Belene NPP with Russian company Atomstroyexport, after years of talks that led nowhere,
But efforts to implement the deal have so far led nowhere, with each side blaming the other for an impasse caused by a disagreement over who will be interim prime minister.
Central to the idea is banishing the secrecy tied to intellectual property (IP) that causes the same work to be duplicated even after it has led nowhere.
The only serious talks in recent months, however, led nowhere after it was revealed by Afghan and NATO officials that the man they thought was a senior Taliban leader turned out to be an impersonator.