wild-goose chase

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - wild-goose chase

"wild-goose chase"

a wild or absurd search for something nonexistent or unobtainable;

any senseless pursuit of an object or end;

a hopeless enterprise


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - wild-goose chase

Two students are talking ...

Friend 1:  I haven't seen you much in the last two days.

Friend 2:  I've been on a wild-goose chase.

Student 1:  What happened?

Student 2:  Apparently there was an issue with my enrollment in one of my courses.  To try to fix the problem, I was first sent to the admissions office, then the dean's office and, then for some strange reason, the student aid office. 

Student 1:  Did you resolve the problem?

Student 2:  Not yet.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - wild-goose chase

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  The boss has asked me to find a Form 234-TA.

Colleague 2:  That form doesn't exist.  You'll be on a wild-goose chase.

Colleague 1:  Well, I have to try. The boss has asked.

wild- goose chase - Usage:


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wild-goose chase - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for wild-goose chase.

wild-goose chase - Examples:

1)  ... would be an act of charity in Moodie to persuade him from undertaking such a wild-goose chase; only that I fancy my good brother is possessed with the same mania ...

2)  But instead of setting off on a wild-goose chase for non-existent numbers, he took a different approach, examining some of the ...

3)  Let Charlie see you haven't kidnapped me, and lead this James on a wild-goose chase. Make sure he's completely off my trail.

4)  She concealed her true intentions and sent us all on a costly time-consuming wild-goose chase. We mistook this false-sincerity for honesty and failed to see through the deception ...

5)  Activities will then be like pursuing the will-o' -the-wisp; a wild-goose chase, a going through blind alleys, with no idea as to what will ...

6)  ... descent from the circumpolar paradise in the astronomical mythology has been the cause of a wild-goose chase in search of man's lost heaven at the North Pole of the earth ...

7)  ... it always makes sense to verify your physical layer first before going on a wild-goose chase looking higher layer problems.

8)  While the FBI was off on a wild-goose chase searching used-typewriter stores, on the basis of false information furnished by Hiss, ...

9)  ... all the stores are already sold out, and Howard embarks upon a wild goose chase throughout the streets of Minneapolis, ...

10)  ... large numbers of people were unable to vote because they were sent on a wild goose chase by someone pretending to be from Elections Canada, ...

11)  ... did not speak English, and misunderstood my question, sending me on a wild goose chase.

12)  I spent costly gas on a wild goose chase. Such a waste of both time and money would make anyone grumpy.

13)  Wiles's initial complaint on the evening of June 30 led to a "wild goose chase". She gave a fabricated story in which she said she ...

14)  People who had viewed his search with sympathy, eventually called it a wild goose chase, hopeless, madness.

15)  ... his team (trying to help keep him busy) send him on a wild goose chase overseas to give him some perspective.

16)  The next day looked like turning into a wild goose chase - one insurance company sent me to another, who sent me to another ...

17)  And anyway, wasn't the whole war originally just a wild goose chase to find Bin Laden?

18)  If you ask me we're on a wild goose chase -- this place hasn't seen human habitation in years.

19)  ... which turned out to be, if not a wild goose chase, irrelevant to the Watergate crime.

20)  His critics say the project has amounted to nothing more than a wild goose chase that relies on out-of-date records and has only managed to scare and confuse legitimate ...