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

  • n. An elaborate practical joke in which an unsuspecting person takes part in a bogus hunt for a snipe, typically being left alone in the dark with instructions not to move until the snipe appears.
  • n. A futile search or endeavor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A prank in which a gullible victim is sent off on a fruitless search for a nonexistent item.
  • v. To participate, as the gullible victim, in a snipe hunt.

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

  • n. an elaborate practical joke in which the unsuspecting victim hunts a snipe and is typically left in the dark holding a bag and waiting for the snipe to run into it


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