Definition of the end of the road (or line) in US English:

the end of the road (or line)

phrase

  • The point beyond which progress or survival cannot continue.

    ‘if the lawsuit is not dropped it could be the end of the road for the publisher’
    • ‘It marks the end of the road for him and for all who bullied and killed in his name.’
    • ‘It is the end of the road for these buses, as the company has been sold off amid a huge backlog of repairs and maintenance work.’
    • ‘Police will start using a new radio system today meaning the end of the road for eavesdroppers who listened in to police messages.’
    • ‘For the little biotech company, it may be the end of the road, their destruction.’
    • ‘This week, as in previous years, a number of politicians some nice and some barely competent, have come to the end of the road.’
    • ‘Some say it's the end of the road for players like Paul and others.’
    • ‘After 170 years of wacky inventions and strange new models, it seems we may finally be at the end of the road for the electric car.’
    • ‘A meeting will take place today to decide if it is the end of the road for workers at the plant.’
    • ‘In Los Angeles, motorway capital of the world, car chaos has taken the city to the end of the road.’