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cul-de-sac

 (kŭl′dĭ-săk′, ko͝ol′-)
n. pl. cul-de-sacs or culs-de-sac (kŭlz′-, ko͝olz′-)
1.
a. A dead-end street, especially one ending in a circular turnaround.
b. A circular turnaround at the end of a dead-end street.
c. An impasse: "This was the cul-de-sac the year kept driving me toward: men and women would always be at odds" (Philip Weiss).
2. Anatomy A saclike cavity or tube open only at one end.

[French : cul, bottom (from Old French, from Latin cūlus; see culet) + de, of (from Old French, from Latin ; see de-) + sac, sack (from Old French, from Latin saccus; see sack1).]

cul-de-sac

(ˈkʌldəˌsæk; ˈkʊl-)
n, pl culs-de-sac or cul-de-sacs
1. (Human Geography) a road with one end blocked off; dead end
2. an inescapable position
3. (Anatomy) any tube-shaped bodily cavity or pouch closed at one end, such as the caecum
[C18: from French, literally: bottom of the bag]

cul-de-sac

(ˈkʌl dəˈsæk, -ˌsæk, ˈkʊl-)

n., pl. culs-de-sac.
1. a blind alley; dead-end street.
2. any situation in which further progress is impossible.
3. a saclike anatomical cavity or tube open at only one end, as the cecum.
[1730–40; < French: literally, bottom of the sack]

cul-de-sac

- Literally French for "bottom of a sack," it also means "situation from which there is no escape"; it can be pluralized as cul-de-sacs or culs-de-sac.
See also related terms for sack.
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cul-de-sac

noun dead end, blind alley The factory was set at the end of a cul-de-sac.

cul-de-sac

noun
A course leading nowhere:
Translations

cul-de-sac

[ˈkʌldəˈsæk] (culs-de-sac, cul-de-sacs (pl)) N (lit) → calle f sin salida, calle f cortada (fig) → callejón m sin salida

cul-de-sac

[ˈkʌldəsæk] n (= road) → cul-de-sac m, impasse f

cul-de-sac

nSackgasse f

cul-de-sac

[ˈkʌldəˈsæk] nvicolo cieco

cul-de-sac

(ˈkaldəsӕk) noun
a street closed at one end.