from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A futile pursuit or search.
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- n. A futile search, a fruitless errand; a useless and often lengthy pursuit.
- n. A task whose execution is inordinately complex relative to the value of the outcome.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the fruitless pursuit of something unattainable
That led to calls from a few treasure-seeking tipsters, but without exception, every tip proved to be either a wild-goose chase or simply a dead end.
Louis became even more convinced that they were on a wild-goose chase when they emerged from the subway station and were nearly knocked over by hundreds of people storming in every direction.
On the instant a score of the men who had declined to accompany him on the wild-goose chase were crowding about him with proffered gold-sacks.
The old organist whose death had brought these two younkers on their wild-goose chase was Dietrich Buxtehude, the famous man whom Johann Sebastian Bach walked fifty miles on foot to hear, and whose compositions he studied and profited from.
He was, of course, annoyed at his wild-goose chase after a pen that had fallen into the folds of a notebook, and he drove me in silence to Isabella’s boardinghouse.