Definition of blind alley in English:

Share this entry

blind alley


1An alley or road that is closed at one end; a cul-de-sac.
Example sentences
  • The nearby Jdeide Christian quarter - all narrow lanes, arched blind alleys and enigmatic mansions, and beits with elaborate doors - is predominantly Armenian.
  • I took several blind alleys whilst attempting to follow the 18th century street plan.
  • 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.
1.1A course of action leading nowhere: many technologies that show early promise lead up blind alleys
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • The development of the national spirit in its present form leads into blind alleys.
  • 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.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: blind alley

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.