I. adjective Date: 1919 1. a. lacking opportunities especially for advancement <
a dead-end job
b. lacking an exit <
a dead-end street
2. unruly <
dead-end kids
dead-endedness noun II. intransitive verb Date: 1944 to come to a dead end ; terminate <
the road dead-ends at the lake
the investigation dead-ended

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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