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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.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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