run out of road

run out of road

To lose the momentum, support, or resources needed to continue; to reach a point where one cannot make any further progress. The couple had been trying to change legislation for years, but their cause ran out of road when a state-level supreme court refused to hear their appeal. The young company showed great promise and started making some real growth this year, but it looks like they simply ran out of road.
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run out of road

(of a motor vehicle) leave the road and crash, especially when going round a bend.
See also: of, out, road, run