Definition of blind alley in English:

blind alley


  • 1An alley or road that is closed at one end; a cul-de-sac.

    • ‘Deco, Figo and Ronaldo kept being ushered down blind alleys where ambushes awaited.’
    • ‘Finally, with a magnificent sense of the dramatic, we were pinioned by headlights against a wall in a blind alley.’
    • ‘A signboard proclaiming Question Papers Unlimited has sprung up on top of a non-descript building in a blind alley.’
    • ‘The nearby Jdeide Christian quarter - all narrow lanes, arched blind alleys and enigmatic mansions, and beits with elaborate doors - is predominantly Armenian.’
    • ‘Hidden away in a blind alley is a video installation by Susan Norrie.’
    • ‘To the north and south, the reef is split by sandy ravines and long swimthroughs leading into cavelets, blind alleys and tiny passages.’
    • ‘So I was led down blind alleys beneath high upturned eaves, through circular gateways and past piles of drying chillies.’
    • ‘One hour later, the car was cornered in a blind alley off Jinjing Lu and Jujin Lu and two knives and one hammer were found with the kidnapper.’
    • ‘In contrast, for many executive function tasks, the use of goals must be inferred from performance (e.g., the number of blind alleys entered on a maze task).’
    • ‘I took several blind alleys whilst attempting to follow the 18th century street plan.’
    • ‘One civilian, Scarlett Ray Dodd, armed with an M1 Carbine, led them into a blind alley behind the Mennonite Church and dispatched of the entire mob.’
    • ‘Traditional mazes have a way of getting in and out - they have lots of blind alleys, but the basic premise is that eventually a way out can be found.’
    1. 1.1A course of action leading nowhere.
      ‘many technologies that show early promise lead up blind alleys’
      • ‘Consultants have led clients down blind alleys, too.’
      • ‘The storytelling is delightfully oblique, consistently withholding information and leading us up blind alleys, yet always one step ahead and determinedly logical.’
      • ‘It was the speech of a politician who is out of touch and has led his country up a blind alley.’
      • ‘They've seen pockets of new business from agencies such as the Dept. of Defense, but also hit bureaucratic blind alleys where contract dollars are hard to find.’
      • ‘In a tragic way, this experience has verified Trotsky's analysis, which stresses the blind alley of bourgeois nationalism in the countries oppressed by the imperialist powers.’
      • ‘This means that there is a strong motivation NOT to share results with competitors, which leads to duplicated research and blind alleys.’
      • ‘But they must escape from the blind alley of ‘anti-globalisation’ and opposition to the WTO.’
      • ‘Looking at the past alerts us to some of the pitfalls we should avoid, some of the land mines that could trip us up, and some of the cul-de-sacs or blind alleys that are not worth our exploration.’
      • ‘The defender's positional indiscipline was one of the downsides for Celtic in an uncertain first period, during which they resorted to a ponderous short passing game that led them down blind alleys.’
      • ‘A belief in the free market is one of the central tenets of this column, but blind belief in all circumstance leads us up blind alleys.’
      • ‘The apparent breakthrough also suggests that rather than being led down blind alleys by the media, officers may have used the press and television to avoid any hint that they were pursuing Huntley and Carr.’
      • ‘He calls Soviet ‘communism’ a blind alley, ‘remote from the mainstream of civilisation’.’
      • ‘Unions must once again be able to inspire and enhance the dreams of the majority of working people instead of leading them up a blind alley that serves the status quo.’
      • ‘The development of the national spirit in its present form leads into blind alleys.’
      • ‘To walk down the block is to wind through the blind alleys of Australian history.’
      • ‘While DVDs are superior to videos and MP3 has made music cassettes all but a historical curiosity, consumers will worry that they may be led up technological blind alleys.’
      • ‘Teilhard's breakthrough wasn't achieved overnight, and by interpreting some phenomena too literally, his team was led down several blind alleys.’
      • ‘Within this long trajectory of looking as a way of understanding, certain views of photography, and primarily those we now lament as having passed, were arguably a blind alley - a dead end.’
      • ‘It's a story of a free-spirited, independent, optimistic woman who finds that a huge inheritance leads into the blind alley of a loveless, cold marriage.’
      • ‘Kelly was subjected to a brow-beating from a group of MPs frustrated that they had been led up a blind alley.’


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