Definition of wild-goose chase
- These errors had two fatal consequences. The most obvious was that a number of engines and dozens of firefighters were sent on a wild-goose chase and did not get to the fire for many minutes.
- —Jim Murphy
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to cause to suffer severely from hunger
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