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EtymologyEdit

The notion of ‘blindness’ comes from the lack of a through passage (the ‘eye’). Attested since 1583, and used figuratively since the mid-19th century.[1]

NounEdit

blind alley (plural blind alleys)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see blind,‎ alley. A street or passageway that leads nowhere.
  2. (figuratively) A course of inquiry that leads nowhere.

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  1. ^ Up a blind alley” in Gary Martin, The Phrase Finder, 1997–, retrieved 26 February 2017.