a blind alley

a blind alley

A metaphorical path that leads nowhere; a dead end. After spending years trying to prove his hypothesis but failing to get the results he had hoped for, the physicist feared that he had wasted too much time heading down a blind alley.
See also: alley, blind

a blind alley

COMMON A blind alley is a way of acting or thinking that is not effective and will not achieve progress. Sooner or later they will have to realize that this is a blind alley and that they need to rethink their own strategies. Did she regard teaching as a blind alley? Note: A blind alley is a street which is closed at one end.
See also: alley, blind

a blind alley

a course of action that does not deliver any positive results.
1997 New Scientist The next person looking for the same information has to go through the process all over again—even if 1000 people have already been up the same blind alleys.
See also: alley, blind

a ˌblind ˈalley

a course of action which has no useful result in the end: Our first experiment was a blind alley, but the second one gave us very promising results.
A blind alley is a narrow passage that is closed at one end.
See also: alley, blind
References in classic literature ?
With that thought in his heart, Richard Turlington wound his way through the streets by the river-side, and stopped at a blind alley called Green Anchor Lane, infamous to this day as the chosen resort of the most abandoned wretches whom London can produce.
Offenders against the revenue laws, and defaulters to excise or customs who had incurred fines which they were unable to pay, were supposed to be incarcerated behind an iron-plated door closing up a second prison, consisting of a strong cell or two, and a blind alley some yard and a half wide, which formed the mysterious termination of the very limited skittle-ground in which the Marshalsea debtors bowled down their troubles.
Addressing a press conference here Tuesday, he said PTI chief was pushing his party to a blind alley.
As a consequence Nawaz Sharif had also walked into a blind alley of his own.
In the song Boniadi raps, "This ain't no road to freedom / It's a blind alley, like Kirstie Alley / Travolta, and Cruise, but we ain't no fools," the Huffington Post reported.
ISLAMABAD -- Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked Friday Balochistan issue would have to be sorted out before entering into a blind alley.
Adam Smith, of Kirkcaldy, pointed out in 1776 that we all benefit from free trade and that, by inference, protectionism is a blind alley.
Birmingham Mail BUNGLING would-be robbers thwarted in their bid to raid a bookmakers in Birmingham fled down a blind alley.
They sped into a blind alley, narrowly missing pedestrians and hitting three parked cars, said witnesses.
And with tax cuts, tough talk on immigration and ranting about Europe, he's heading up a blind alley.
The French fly-half led the Welsh region down a blind alley as they suffered their fourth defeat in six matches after a dreadful second-half display.
The Government's own advisors have since admitted that the research led up a blind alley.
Along the way, the development of ideas often takes a wrong turn down a blind alley.
Here is Havel in a 1984 essay called "Thriller": "I am unwilling to believe that this whole civilization is no more than a blind alley of history and a fatal error of the human spirit.