dead-end kid

dead-end kid

A troubled kid, typically a male, who is seen as having limited future prospects. I'm worried about Mary dating a dead-end kid—what if he interferes with her plans to go off to college?
See also: kid

dead-end kid

n. a youth with no future, usually a male. Frank was a dead-end kid from the day he was born.
See also: kid
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Andrew was not some dead-end kid who roamed the urban jungles by day and raved through the night.
Vitale also carefully explains how the stereotype of Italian American boxers as "semiliterate, anti-intellectual raging dead-end kids" (4)--a product not just of Stallone's endearing and De Niro's (as La Motta) transcendent acting performances but also of earlier films like Kid Galadad (1937), Golden Boy (1939), and the 1956 Graziano biopic Somebody Up There Likes Me that cemented the image of the Italian American as a tough-fisted but simple-minded palooka--obscures a more complicated and interesting cultural history.
They have already gone from dead-end kids to a disciplined unit of young men who fight for each other and can see a future in Cambodia's newly-formed professional league.
Mr Benton pointed to the "magnificent" success of Sefton education bosses in turning around sink school, boosting pass rates, curbing truancy and giving a future to youngsters who might otherwise become dead-end kids.
Some of the nation's sharpest pens slice and dice the single-season homer champ as only they can, from the laugh-out-loud funny (one Canadian cartoonist portrays an unexpected, wagging side effect of steroids) to the simply shake-your-head sad (dead-end kids lining up at a pharmacy before they play sandlot baseball).
A writer in World War II observed that the Marine Corps seemed to be made up of a combination of dead-end kids and boys named Percival.
A former teen hustler himself, JT LeRoy was once just like the dead-end kids he writes about.
Wallace's play about the ultimately tragic relationship between a pair of dead-end kids evolves gradually from a slightly ponderous slice of Depression-era life to an entirely pretentious meditation on any number of ill-defined themes.
A pity she's taking son Jamie, whom Joseph Gilgun has made into one of the most delightfully deadpan, dead-end kids on the box.
Even on Beavis and Butt-head, any fair reading is that their violent acts are committed by vacuous losers, Dead-End Kids for the '90s, and in that context violence is not "glorified" or intended to be a model for behavior.
For example The Dead-End Kids, a popular movie series of the post-Depression era, portrays a gang of young men roaming New York's Bowery.
A sensation when it opened in London more than a year ago, this loud and graphic tale of dead-end kids owes more than a little of its notoriety to a title that even New York's daily newspapers won't print in full.