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synonyms for tilt at windmills

  • get nowhere
  • run in circles
  • waste one's effort
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How to use tilt at windmills in a sentence

Only in the carnage of the head, the tilt of the chin, was the insolence expressed that had made her many enemies.
ANCESTORSGERTRUDE ATHERTON
Tressan was monstrous ill-at-ease, and his face lost a good deal of its habitual plethora of colour.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
A fellow rudely clad—a hybrid between man-at-arms and lackey—lounged on a musket to confront them in the gateway.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
Then when my hair had been parted and smoothed down, I crowned myself with my campaign hat at the dashingest possible tilt.
THE SOLDIER OF THE VALLEYNELSON LLOYD
In the pitchy darkness, the messenger encounters him, and running full tilt against him, knocks the bunch of keys into the mud.
SKIPPER WORSEALEXANDER LANGE KIELLAND
And the Seneschal, moved by that confident promise of evil, threw himself before the men-at-arms.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
On the first day, a thousand English archers, supported by men-at-arms, attempted to draw the Scots.
KING ROBERT THE BRUCEA. F. MURISON
The fen country faintly reminds one of Holland, lying low and dotted here and there with huge windmills.
BRITISH HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS FROM A MOTOR CARTHOMAS D. MURPHY
He looked at Mandleco with immense disdain, gave a pert tilt of his head and surveyed the room with a grimace of distaste.
WE'RE FRIENDS, NOWHENRY HASSE
Belhaven made his escape to his own country, and was there beyond the reach of the Serjeant-at-Arms.
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND FROM THE ACCESSION OF JAMES II.THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY
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