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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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I feel very strongly that the gate should be put in even if it's a gate leading nowhere at the moment.
The image of stairs leading nowhere stays etched in his mind, reminding him of the hurricane's sheer devastating power.
It could very well be that after the evacuation, there will be a very long period in which nothing else will happen, he told the newspaper Yediot Aharonot ("Sharon admits 'road map' leading nowhere," Post, September 16, 2004).
Those papers and the discussion they stimulated were all very good, but it soon became clear that they were leading nowhere.
Last night, Coun Peter Douglas Osborn (Con Weoley) said: 'This is the epitome of council services under this administration -a magnificent structure leading nowhere.
Despite all the pyrotechnics, though, the book seems not so much searing Hendrix solo as Eddie Van Halen guitar extravaganza, full of impressive licks and memorable riffs but leading nowhere.
Two years later, realising the job was leading nowhere, she returned to learning at UWIC in Cardiff, where she gained a degree in business studies.
Visitors are repeatedly taken down winding paths that turn out to be dead ends; this sense of art leading nowhere becomes an unfortunate leitmotif, sending out a powerful message quite different from what was intended.
Cycling on roads leading nowhere, Andreas finds a temporary community of unspecified refugees (probably Albanians) camped out in a tent city where Mom's house once stood.
Negotiations with the Department of Health are leading nowhere.
Pope was presenting humanity's two choices: scientific inquiry leading to expanding knowledge, or endless speculation leading nowhere.
My resumes were leading nowhere, and he promised me a raise to $7 an hour--which meant, in effect, that I'd be getting the cut that now went to the temp agency.
As passengers leave the station there has been a ramp to the right for many years leading nowhere, but now suddenly, and I like to think my letter might have helped, the authorities have suddenly created another ramp for the elderly and disabled to leave and enter the station.