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Cul-de-sac

A cul-de-sac is a road that is closed at one end, usually with a turnaround at the closed end. A cul-de-sac is a dead end, a street with no outlet. Figuratively, a cul-de-sac is a situation that leads nowhere or has no means of escape. Cul-de-sac is French and literally means bottom of the sack. In the mid-1700s cul-de-sac was used in the English language as an anatomical term, it is first used to describe a dead end street around 1800. The use of cul-de-sacs in the design of suburban neighborhoods became popular after World War II as a way to curb traffic in areas where children play.


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Turning High Street into a cul-de-sac or one-way street could increase traffic on some of Farmington’s major arteries, a recent study concluded. (The Hartford Courant)

Squad cars pursued the suspect’s white Audi A6 across the east of the city, eventually forcing McFarlane (32) into Welland Street, a cul-de-sac close to the junction of the Newtownards and Holywood roads. (The Belfast Telegraph)

Snow removal in much of the county is ongoing and, according to the Howard County Government Facebook page, residential and cul-de-sac streets are expected to be completed in another two to three days. (The Baltimore Sun)

The property sits within a child-friendly, quiet cul-de-sac location, and has ample driveway parking for two cars and an integral garage. (The Blackpool Gazette)

In recent seasons, Lanvin menswear had entered a cul-de-sac of overly designed clothes shown on undernourished young men. (The Financial Times)

There is little turnover on this cul-de-sac lined with large estates all backing on to the Bayview Golf and Country Club. (The Globe and Mail)

Moab City Engineer Philip Bowman said he can’t speak to the exact numbers, but he said that current traffic counts on the cul-de-sac are “nowhere near” close to capacity, which is in the range of 800 and 1,000 daily vehicle trips per lane. (The Moab Sun News)

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