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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ They got to the place where she was staying, a quiet cul-de-sac.
▪ Situated in a quiet residential cul-de-sac, it is only a seven-minute walk from the town centre.
▪ The administration finds itself in an ideological cul-de-sac that will be difficult to get out of.
▪ As the town hall clock struck twelve he found himself in an untidy cul-de-sac beneath the railway arches.
▪ She followed him through a network of alleyways until he mistakenly darted into a cul-de-sac.
▪ Ten minutes of easy walking brought her to the cul-de-sac where Delia Forbes lived.
▪ The emphasis has to be on quality not quantity, otherwise the game will drift down a cul-de-sac of mediocrity.
▪ The omnipresent cul-de-sac, for example, lowered speeds but not enough for child safety, especially on the long straight legs.
▪ The rented villa was identical to a dozen others lining the cul-de-sac.
▪ Turning, he saw at the end of the cul-de-sac a police-car.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cul-de-sac \Cul`-de-sac"\ (ku`de-s?k" or kul`de-s?k"), n.; pl. Culs-de-sac (ku`- or kulz`-). [ F., lit., bottom of a bag.]

  1. A passage with only one outlet, as a street closed at one end; a blind alley; hence, a trap.

  2. (Mil.) a position in which an army finds itself with no way of exit but to the front.

  3. (Anat.) Any bag-shaped or tubular cavity, vessel, or organ, open only at one end.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1738, as an anatomical term, from French cul-de-sac, literally "bottom of a sack," from Latin culus "bottom, backside, fundament." For second element, see sack (n.1). Application to streets and alleys is from 1800.


n. 1 A blind alley or dead end street. 2 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.

Cul-de-sac (1966 film)

Cul-de-sac is a 1966 British psychological comic thriller directed by the Franco- Polish director Roman Polanski. It was his second film in English, written by Polanski and Gérard Brach.

The cast includes Donald Pleasence, Françoise Dorléac, Lionel Stander, Jack MacGowran, Iain Quarrier, Geoffrey Sumner, Renée Houston, William Franklyn, Trevor Delaney, Marie Kean. It also features Jacqueline Bisset (credited as Jackie Bisset) in a small role, in her second film appearance. The black and white cinematography is by Gil Taylor.

Cul-de-sac (disambiguation)

A cul-de-sac is one of many alternative names for a dead end, sometimes called a dead-end street, a street with only one inlet/outlet. It is usually used for a dead end that has a circular end.

Cul-de-sac or cul de sac or culdesac may also refer to:

Cul-De-Sac (V Shape Mind album)

Cul-De-Sac is the debut studio album by Decatur, IL alternative metal band V Shape Mind. The album was released on September 9, 2003 through Republic Records/ Universal Records.

Its first and only single, "Monsters," features vocals by Chad Gray of Mudvayne, who happened to be best friends with lead singer Brad Hursh. The song Monsters, made its local radio debut late in the summer of 2003 and found moderate airplay throughout the remainder of the year, thanks to local radio station play. V Shape Mind toured with Powerman 5000 and the aforementioned Mudvayne, under a "radio station mini tour" in promotion of their debut. However, Cul-De-Sac proved to be the band's only studio album before disbanding in May 2004 due to being shafted by their label.

Cul-de-sac (2010 film)

Cul-de-sac is a feature film produced by Ramin Goudarzinejad and Mahshad Torkan, Iranian human rights activists and filmmakers based in London. It premiered on 20 May 2010. The film is focused on the plight of homosexuals — in this case, lesbians — in Iran.

Usage examples of "cul-de-sac".

Suffice it to say that, ere long, Bozo detected the faint but unmistakable spoor of a good-sized jinko and hunted it down, finally cornering the unhappy vegetable in a cul-de-sac formed by low, rocky hills.

Mercer had indicated the car standing at the end of the cul-de-sac and had asked Kummer to drive him back to his cottage on the White Walls estate.

AFTER DAWN on a Saturday in early April a Leyland Clydesdale, carrying a low-sided skip with six men in it, pulled up in what had once been a cul-de-sac.

Ditzah Pisk Feldman lived in a Spanish split-level up a pleasant cul-de-sac on the high-rent side of Ventura Boulevard, with pepper trees and jacarandas in the yard and a vintage T-Bird in the carport.

The Reiling home was three stories high, built at the end of a cul-de-sac, with a bigger yard than any of its neighbors.

Feeling better already, Sloat followed the man into a dark, narrow cul-de-sac and watched him tip the grease into a garbage can.

In the space of twenty seconds, Zull had eliminated all parts of the cul-de-sac, except two shadowy corners near the far wall.

Not, that was, until they toured their area in detail, and found weedy grass where they had paid for, among other things, six stories of flats for low-income families, a cul-de-sac of maisonettes for single pensioners, and two roadfuls of semidetached bungalows for the retired and handicapped.

Day by day Vaughan followed Catherine around the expressways and airport perimeter roads, sometimes waiting for her in the damp cul-de-sac adjacent to our drive, at other times appearing like a spectre in the high-speed lane of the overpass, his battered car tilted over on its near-side springs.

Quinn had dropped behind several times, or parked him abruptly in some cul-de-sac while she scouted ahead, or once wandered off quite casual-seeming, her arm draped across the shoulders of some uniformed Stationer acquaintance as she gesticulated gaily with her free hand.

The cul-de-sac had become impossible: unglowing, unlit, uncoloured visibility in the absolute dark.

In addition to the time he spent working with Adams, Jefferson dined at Auteuil repeatedly, almost from the day the family moved in, and they in turn with him in Paris, once he was settled in a rented house in what was called the Cul-de-Sac Taitbout, near the Opera.

Kripo official had moved to Munich, Kohl had been offered the chance to take his large four-bedroom apartment in a pristine, linden-lined cul-de-sac off Berliner Street near Charlottenburg.

AFTER DAWN on a Saturday in early April a Leyland Clydesdale, carrying a low-sided skip with six men in it, pulled up in what had once been a cul-de-sac.

An early experiment with public housing for war veterans left its shoreline marred by cul-de-sac housing developments the color of pumice, each one a collection of four buildings housing sixteen units and curved in on each other in a horseshoe, skeletal metal clothesline structures rising out of pools of rust in the cracked tar.