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  • as inred herring
  • as inpractical joke
  • as inwild-goose chase

synonyms for fool's errand

  • ploy
  • smoke screen
  • attention-grabber
  • bait
  • commotion
  • curve ball
  • deviation
  • distraction
  • distractor
  • disturbance
  • diversion
  • diversionary tactic
  • false clue
  • false face
  • false trail
  • gimmick
  • interruption
  • maneuver
  • wild-goose chase
  • prank
  • antic
  • caper
  • escapade
  • frolic
  • gag
  • high jinks
  • shenanigans
  • stunt
  • tomfoolery
  • trick
  • espieglerie
  • mischievous trick
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How to use fool's errand in a sentence

The remarkable thing was that all the hurrying people she met seemed also each of them to be on a secret and mystic errand.
HILDA LESSWAYSARNOLD BENNETT
A simple errand and promenade,--and yet she felt herself to be steeped in the romance of an adventure!
HILDA LESSWAYSARNOLD BENNETT
One evening, rather more than a week after the marriage, Hedges had been on an errand to Calne, and was hastening home.
ELSTER'S FOLLYMRS. HENRY WOOD
A few words explained his errand; but the brave Englishman would hardly hear it to the end.
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
Except for their sad errand, both Felipe and Aunt Ri would have experienced a keen delight in this ascent.
RAMONAHELEN HUNT JACKSON
On this errand he departed, wrapped tightly in his cloak, walking briskly through the now heavier rain.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
He told her on what errand he had been, and alarm overspread her face upon hearing its result.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
He went home from the planter's mansion very happy, for now he should have an errand there every day during the next few weeks.
ALILA, OUR LITTLE PHILIPPINE COUSINMARY HAZELTON WADE
Gaubert departed on his errand, and there were fresh murmurs in the mob until the reason of his going was understood.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
And the team moved on, and poor Dolly, more ashamed of her errand than ever, went into the house.
THE WORLD BEFORE THEMSUSANNA MOODIE
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO FOOL'S ERRAND

  • antic
  • caper
  • escapade
  • espieglerie
  • fool's errand
  • frolic
  • gag
  • high jinks
  • mischievous trick
  • prank
  • shenanigans
  • stunt
  • tomfoolery
  • trick
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.