water haul

noun

: a fruitless effort

Word History

Etymology

from the figure of a fishing net that catches nothing but water

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of water haul was in 1823

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“Water haul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20haul. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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