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dead end

dead end

Date: Mar 19 2009


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“If I did not have my education, I would be in a bad situation. I would probably be a bad money manager and I would be heading for a dead end.”

-Tennis star Serena Williams on why education is important to her. (bet.com)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

hopeless situation; stuck position

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

Tennis player Serena Williams has made over $20 million and won 10 grand slam tournaments as a pro tennis player. She is one of the highest-ranked female tennis players out there. And she hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down recently. Her life is the opposite of a dead end.

But Serena says that she could be heading for a dead end if she hadn’t gotten a good education. She wouldn’t know how to take care of her money, so she would probably make bad decisions. She might even end up broke, in spite of the millions she’s made playing tennis. If that happened, she would be stuck in a very bad position.

The term dead end is often used to describe a street that doesn’t go through or has no exit. When you get to the end of a dead end road, you can’t go any farther. You’re stuck. So the expression dead end can also be used to describe life situations that feel hopeless. A dead end job, for instance, is a job that offers no opportunity to move up to a better position or higher salary.

Serena Williams doesn’t have to worry about ending up in a dead end job. In fact, she probably wouldn’t have to work another day in her life if she didn’t want to. Too bad the rest of us can’t all be so lucky.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“Their relationship stopped moving forward. It turned into a dead end.”

“He is depressed at work because he has a dead end job.”

“Sometimes my life feels like a dead end, and I worry that nothing will ever change.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

VOLTS It means a situation where it is impossible get progress.
by VOLTSSuper Member!
DaisyP a situation without any possible further progress
by DaisyP
Turmeric Nowhere to go futher, hopeless situation
by Turmeric
Annadani A situation without a way out, I guess!
by Annadani
a future with hopeless.
by CatherineVanilla
lalobrown Having no possibiliy of progress.
by lalobrown
atheena situation when there is no way out
by atheena
maybe there won`t be anyway for her to find solve problem
by maryfrommars
ali_nasri dead end means that something has no future!
by ali_nasri
enricobe a situation in which further progress is impossible
by enricobe
schytrierz i think it's a condition which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible.^^
by schytrierz
levitabris a situation that left people no options but to fail
by levitabris
siyma alley, a work without perspectives
by siyma
dofkele15 Dead end means a situation without any hope to solve it
by dofkele15
blake84 not a good end,not successful
by blake84
naderos An end of a passage, such as a street or pipe, that affords no exit
by naderos
sofree In this case, 'dead end' means having no future.
by sofree

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a very very bad situation like living a hard life without money

01:51 AM Mar 27 2009 |

land scope


Dear Emglish Baby teachers.

 We are writing our ideas but we don't know our comment is right or wrong. I think people will get more confidence to use those phrases if you could make a correction.

11:15 AM Mar 26 2009 |




Today I added 2ml tyrode’s solution by mistake ,I got the wrong statitics ,my experiment went to the dead end…Orz

05:10 PM Mar 25 2009 |




I urgently need to make some changes in my life but I’ll in a dead end :P

11:40 AM Mar 25 2009 |




Here in Brazil many people feel like that,there is no hope in their lifes,by the way,some people go to crime,this is sad!

11:33 AM Mar 25 2009 |



   I think my is going to ba an dead end,I worry that even I  try what I can do ,nothing will change

   It's so bad.

08:57 AM Mar 25 2009 |

land scope


He resigned the the job and went home but he couldn't get another job batter then the previous one he turned in to the dead end.

06:00 AM Mar 24 2009 |




something with hopeless

02:45 AM Mar 23 2009 |



I gave an answer,but there is not exit,who can tell me the reason?Why?

08:06 AM Mar 22 2009 |



dead end means a hopeless situation, where u feel unable tu rescue yourself , and you think that only a miracle can get you out .

10:19 AM Mar 21 2009 |

curry zhang


the god  never  give a dead end to ya,unless ya would not like to go in this way

06:14 PM Mar 20 2009 |

Victoria G

Victoria GSuper Member!

United States

Never gonna give in!
Never gonna give up!
...and no obstacles like ‘dead ends’ are gonna stop u!

03:09 PM Mar 20 2009 |


Russian Federation

I hope on the best future.

10:16 AM Mar 20 2009 |

Lesa W


it means you have no ways to go,you are in a poor situation.but i think you can get out only by yourself!

07:15 AM Mar 20 2009 |



i think the slang means, in her life it would be the most helpless situation where she can't help herself to get stable.

05:38 AM Mar 20 2009 |




Dead End: Going no where, like she lost her compass

08:41 PM Mar 19 2009 |




You have to break all dead ends,because only you can change your life(:

06:50 PM Mar 19 2009 |


United States

A dead end in this phrase means something like "that's it, no more chances, no more progress".

06:48 PM Mar 19 2009 |

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