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hernesheir commented on the word hunt-the-gowk
Not to be confused with Scots hunt-the-slipper, "a common sport among young people." --Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.
May 23, 2011
To go on a fool's errand. The Scots term gowk was used for the cuckoo bird as well as for a foolish fellow. The phrase is similar in meaning to "a snipe hunt" in the US.