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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 ?
The little draughts that led nowhere were taking the manhood out of him.
Every few steps other lofty and still narrower crevices branched from it on either hand -- for McDougal's cave was but a vast labyrinth of crooked aisles that ran into each other and out again and led nowhere. It was said that one might wander days and nights together through its intricate tangle of rifts and chasms, and never find the end of the cave; and that he might go down, and down, and still down, into the earth, and it was just the same -- labyrinth under labyrinth, and no end to any of them.
We seemed to be in a stone labyrinth that led nowhere. What all these passages are, of course I cannot say, but we thought that they must be the ancient workings of a mine, of which the various shafts and adits travelled hither and thither as the ore led them.
He seemed to see himself dragging out a restless existence on the Continent--Cannes, Hyeres, Algiers, Cairo-- among smartly dressed, disabled men of every nationality; forever going on journeys that led nowhere; hurrying to catch trains that he might just as well miss; getting up in the morning with a great bustle and splashing of water, to begin a day that had no purpose and no meaning; dining late to shorten the night, sleeping late to shorten the day.
Saillard's salary from the government had always been four thousand five hundred francs a year, and no more; his situation was a blind alley that led nowhere, and had tempted no one to supersede him.
But his efforts seem to have led nowhere. The reason is because the number of employed people stood at 27.
Given these serious concerns, we have made a number of attempts to engage constructively with Iconix, but this has unfortunately led nowhere. We can no longer stand by while Iconix's Board and management continue along this unsustainable path.
Unfortunately, repeated attempts to report and stop Marcy's behavior led nowhere. It's unclear whether this high-profile case will spur changes in protecting young astronomers from prestigious colleagues.
The rest of the 1980s was marked by a series of stop-start UN-sponsored talks which led nowhere.
He revealed that Future would take a different stance if dialogue with Hezbollah led nowhere. Touching on the issue of presidential elections, the MP noted that balance of powers in the country required MP Michel Aoun discuss his candidacy with all Christian factions first.
Various United Nations-backed conferences led nowhere and at that time, nothing would convince the West or most Arabs or Turkey to intervene militarily as the grim civil war left 200,000 people dead and created more than 8.5 million refugees (2.5 million outside Syria and six million inside).
However, these discussions led nowhere. The Swiss company has now appointed Rothschild to act as its advisor in the fresh try, the news agency was told.
The other options -- when dialogue and moderation are discarded -- have led nowhere.
I still remember the first time I walked into the Telegram & Gazette building, interviewing for a job euphemistically called "office messenger." Good thing I was early, because the hallways led nowhere and I lost my way to the cafeteria.
He thought about leaving intelligence work to join a fighting unit but his thoughts led nowhere. Information about his actual work in Germany is fairly sparse and can be found on pages 262-71, 274-80, 285-7 and 289-99.