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Difference between Come to a bad end and Come to a dead end

come to a bad enddie or have a disaster in exceptionally unpleasant circumstances:

  • These traitors each came to a bad end. As the Nazis said, they loved the betrayal but not the betrayer.

Cf.: make a good end—die with courage, dignity, etc.:

  • You could say he made a good end. A shell-burst caught him as he was ferrying wounded across the river.

come to a dead endreach a point beyond which no progress can be made:

  • Our inquiry came to a dead end when we learned that the woman had left the country.