from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous species of undomesticated geese, as the Canada goose and the graylag.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. any of many species of wildlife goose, such as the greylag goose or the Canada goose, whose wedge fly in a wedge or V form, or cuneiform, as opposed to the domesticated goose that would not fly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. any one of several species of undomesticated geese, especially the Canada goose (Branta Canadensis), the European bean goose, and the graylag. See Graylag, and Bean goose, under Bean.
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A well-authenticated story is also told by Mr. Wilson of a wild goose which had been tamed on Long Island, but the following spring flew away to join a passing flock on its way to the northward.
I thought it was another of his wild goose chases until Sam Watson came along and turned my world upside down.
The wild goose has taken the place of the swallow – Oh-h-h-h-h – I hear the pattering, falling noises of Autumn.
Baudoin’s dilemma was that he could not afford to send one of his countertrade executives on a wild goose chase to Jakarta.
Why did not you contrive to learn for certain, my dear good lord, whether the Luttridge was at Rantipole, before you set out on this wild goose chase? '
One time, the jump-out boys pulled up in unmarked cars outside Ghouls Park where I’d just started hustling, and we led them on a wild goose chase.
"I hope a wild goose may not prove to be the end of our chase," observed Mr. Merryweather gloomily.