wild goose chase[ wahyld-goos ]SEE DEFINITION OF wild goose chase
Synonyms for wild goose chase
- in vain
- spinning one's wheels
- to no avail
- to no effect
Antonyms for wild goose chase
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WILD GOOSE CHASE
Twas a wild goose chase, and I wot not what moved me to run after it.
"It's a wild goose chase we're on," muttered his companion after a while.
They may be worth a good deal before we get back from this wild goose chase.
You are a fine one to send us off on a wild goose chase like that!
Were of the opinion it is all a wild goose chase so were staying here.
He said there was no use of our going on a wild goose chase.
Do you think it worth while to send me to Vicksburg on a wild goose chase?
Our hunt for buffaloes was proving to be a kind of wild goose chase.
I began to get the feeling that we were on a wild goose chase, after all.
Now she told herself that it was certainly a wild goose chase.
1592, first attested in "Romeo and Juliet," where it evidently is a figurative use of an earlier (but unrecorded) literal sense in reference to a kind of follow-the-leader steeplechase.