lead nowhere

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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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lead (somebody) ˈnowhere

have no successful result for somebody: This discussion is leading nowhere.
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References in classic literature ?
I would do a great deal better (if I was not an ignorant brute that will never do any good all my life), I would do a great deal better, I say, to go home to my wife and children and support them and bring them up on what God may please to give me, instead of following your worship along roads that lead nowhere and paths that are none at all, with little to drink and less to eat.
Actual life is full of false clues and sign-posts that lead nowhere.
The muddy lanes, green or clayey, that seemed to the unaccustomed eye to lead nowhere but into each other, did really lead, with patience, to a distant high-road; but there were many feet in Basset which they led more frequently to a centre of dissipation, spoken of formerly as the "Markis o' Granby," but among intimates as "Dickison's.
The Israeli leader has consistently denied all charges of wrongdoing while insisting that the investigations will lead nowhere.
The island's divided communities have a different perception of the current parameters of reunification, and as long as this continues resuming negotiations will lead nowhere, Turkish Cypriot 'foreign minister' Kudret Ozersay said on Wednesday.
Though there is plenty of action, Blight's pace lags in some places, the central conflict diluted by side skirmishes which ultimately lead nowhere.
They say an Abbas-Netanyahu meeting would lead nowhere without a freeze on Israeli settlement building, the release of Palestinian prisoners and a deadline for an end to the occupation.
A military escalation and a civil war will lead nowhere.
I repeat it again that I am not optimistic about the negotiations and they will lead nowhere, but I am not against them," said Khamenei, who has final say on all key state matters.
The latter solution would ultimately lead nowhere "and despite all this, the Secretary General of Hezbollah threatens to kill us.
The people said discussions were in their preliminary stage and might lead nowhere because the potential buyers could find it problematic to secure financing or settle on a future exit strategy.
Mikati reiterated that he had already asserted on numerous occasions that strikes would lead nowhere and were likely to complicate matters.
Featuring appearances from Rutger Hauer, Emily Booth and Shane Ritchie, the movie fails to deliver on its clever premise with a multitude of subplots that lead nowhere.
The intensification of the crackdown on protesters and the heavy sentences will lead nowhere.
It is an act of self-deception that will lead nowhere.