Definitions for cul-de-sacˈkʌl dəˈsæk, -ˌsæk, ˈkʊl-
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A blind alley or dead end street.
A circular area at the end of a dead end street to allow cars to turn around, designed so children can play on the street, with little or no through-traffic.
Origin: cul-de-sac, from cul + de + sac
a passage with only one outlet, as a street closed at one end; a blind alley; hence, a trap
a position in which an army finds itself with no way of exit but to the front
any bag-shaped or tubular cavity, vessel, or organ, open only at one end
Origin: [ F., lit., bottom of a bag.]
A cul-de-sac is an expression of French origin also used in Catalan and Occitan referring to a dead end, close, no through road or court meaning dead-end street with only one inlet/outlet. While historically built for other reasons, one of its modern uses is to calm vehicle traffic.
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A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.
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