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See Cul de Sac (group) for the rock group

(originally in anatomy: French, literally ‘bottom of a sack.’ )

A cul-de-sac or dead-end is a street or road with only one entrance. While some are true cul-de-sacs, with no passage possible, others allow cyclists, pedestrians etc. to pass.

When progressing along a road, if there is a point at which there is no way out except the way one came in, then at the point, one is facing into a cul-de-sac.

In modern urban planning cul-de-sacs are deliberately created as they are streets with very little traffic.

When chased after, entering a cul-du-sac is disadvantageous, except when one is on foot or has a narrower vehicle than the chasing party, and there is a narrow exit.