1. Having no exit except for going back the way one came.
2. Permitting no opportunity for progress or advancement: a dead-end job.
3. Informal Tough and rowdy: a dead-end gang.
intr.v. dead-end·ed, dead-end·ing, dead-ends
To terminate with no exit: The road dead-ends at the lake.
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