- (US) To come to a dead-end.
- Watch out! The road dead-ends in 200 yards and there's nowhere to turn around!
- A road with no exit.
- We turned into the street and realised it was a dead-end.
- (by extension, figuratively) A position that offers no hope of progress.
- Mary realised her relationship with Jim had hit a dead-end.
road with no exit — see dead end
position — see impasse