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Topic: ROADS

Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: 'bottom of the bag'

cul-de-sac

noun
     
cul-de-sac [countable]
1TTR a road which is closed at one end, so that there is only one way in and out
2 an unhelpful situation in which you cannot make any more progress:
These ideas lead us into a philosophical cul-de-sac.
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