come\ to\ a\ dead\ end

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.


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