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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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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.
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.
Her first comment when they met was to say she hoped he was not after money and as a result of that and other things she said, the reunion led nowhere, said Mr Brand.
Socialist party EDEK is most likely to permanently stop attending the periodic meetings held between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties which have taken place at the Ledra Palace since 1989, claiming that they have led nowhere and are based on "state models that have historically failed and lead to partition".
House President Yiannakis Omirou said that talks over the last four years have not only led nowhere but have led Cyprus into a "deeper dead end".
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.
But Graham Lacey, the head of the school in London where Vahey taught for four years, said there were rumors about Vahey's behavior following an incident that was investigated but led nowhere.
The other options -- when dialogue and moderation are discarded -- have led nowhere.
A possible sighting on Mull was checked but 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,