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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fruitless mission or undertaking.

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  • n. A foolish undertaking, especially one that is purposeless, fruitless, nonsensical, or certain to fail.
  • n. Such an undertaking, assigned as a prank.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an unreasonable, silly, profitless adventure or undertaking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fruitless mission

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