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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

blind alley

A dead end; a position without hope of progress or success. For example, That line of questioning led the attorney up yet another blind alley. This term alludes to a street or alley that has no outlet at one end. [Mid-1800s]
See also: alley, blind
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To be certain the old political order has walked itself into a blind alley a narrow path between two thick concrete walls with no exit.
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Our Government deliberately ignore this proven research in favour of the morally bankrupt blind alley of embryo destruction.
He advocates retreating from the blind alley the Internet now inhabits and making a fresh start from the foundations up.
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