Meaning of “Up A Blind Alley” Origin of Phrase with examples.

Up A Blind Alley


Following a course of action that leads to no good outcome.


Alleys are blind if they have no ‘eye’ or through passage – what might now be called a cul-de-sac.

The phrase was first recorded in Richard Stanyhurst’s, Thee first foure bookes of Virgil his Æneis translated, 1583:

“Through crosse blynd allye we iumble.”

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