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synonyms for wild-goose chase

  • bootless errand
  • fool's errand
  • lost cause
  • merry chase
  • red herring
  • snipe hunt
  • vain attempt
  • waste of time
  • wasted effort
  • wasted labor
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How to use wild-goose chase in a sentence

They are so rich in harmony, so weird, so wild, that when you hear them you are like a sea-weed cast upon the bosom of the ocean.
MUSIC-STUDY IN GERMANYAMY FAY
For a moment Joe stood behind her, silently, looking over her shoulder at the signature of Isom Chase.
THE BONDBOYGEORGE W. (GEORGE WASHINGTON) OGDEN
The white men served their smoking cannon with a wild energy that, for a time, made the gallant nine equal to a thousand.
THE RED YEARLOUIS TRACY
A cricket-match was in progress, but the bowling and batting were extremely wild, thanks to The Warren strong beer.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
People are busy ballooning or driving; shooting like stars along railroads; or migrating like swallows or wild-geese.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, NO. CCCXXXIX. JANUARY, 1844. VOL. LV.VARIOUS
Suddenly he shot a disturbing glance at Tressan's face, and the corner of his wild-cat mustachios twitched.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
To hear the creature talk about it makes my mouth as a brick kiln and my flesh as that of a goose.
THE JOYOUS ADVENTURES OF ARISTIDE PUJOLWILLIAM J. LOCKE
Besides, we now know that the plant which furnishes the Chinese tobacco is even said to grow wild in the East Indies.
TOBACCO; ITS HISTORY, VARIETIES, CULTURE, MANUFACTURE AND COMMERCEE. R. BILLINGS.
It was a very dangerous one, too, and sometimes lives were sacrificed in his efforts to capture or to kill this fierce wild beast.
OUR LITTLE KOREAN COUSINH. LEE M. PIKE
Zoological gardens and “wild beast shows” had for him attractions which were quite irresistible.
HUNTING THE LIONSR.M. BALLANTYNE
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WORDS RELATED TO WILD-GOOSE CHASE

  • attention-grabber
  • bait
  • commotion
  • curve ball
  • deviation
  • distraction
  • distractor
  • disturbance
  • diversion
  • diversionary tactic
  • false clue
  • false face
  • false trail
  • fool's errand
  • gimmick
  • interruption
  • maneuver
  • ploy
  • smoke screen
  • wild-goose chase
  • chase
  • examination
  • exploration
  • fishing expedition
  • going-over
  • hunt
  • inquest
  • inquiry
  • inspection
  • investigation
  • legwork
  • perquisition
  • pursual
  • pursuance
  • pursuing
  • pursuit
  • quest
  • research
  • rummage
  • scrutiny
  • shakedown
  • wild-goose chase
  • witch hunt
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