1. Literally, to reach the end of a route where one cannot continue traveling. I knew my GPS was wrong when it told me to turn onto a road that came to a dead end.2. By extension, to reach a point after which no more progress is possible, as in a project. My research has come to a dead end—every experiment I've tried so far has failed.See also: come, dead, end
come to a dead end
and reach a dead end 1.Lit. to reach a point where one can go no farther and can turn in no new direction. The road comes to a dead end about a mile farther. 2.Fig. to have run out of possible ideas, solutions, energy, etc. I've come to a dead end. I'm fresh out of ideas.The committee reached a dead end on the matter and tabled the whole business.See also: come, dead, endSee also:
to come to an absolute stopping point. • The building project came to a dead end. • The street came to a dead end. • We were driving along and came to a dead end.
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v. phr. To reach a point from which one cannot proceed further, either because of a physical obstacle or because of some forbidding circumstance. Our car came to a dead end; the only way to get out was to drive back in reverse.The factory expansion project came to a dead end because of a lack of funds.