wild–goose chase

variants: or

wild goose chase

Definition of wild–goose chase

  1. :  a complicated or lengthy and usually fruitless pursuit or search 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

Circa 1595

First Known Use of wild–goose chase

circa 1595

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to cast off or become cast off

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