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  • as inred herring
  • as insearch
  • as inwild-goose chase

synonyms for wildgoose chase

  • ploy
  • smoke screen
  • 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
  • wild-goose chase
  • hunt
  • research
  • quest
  • inquiry
  • investigation
  • examination
  • inspection
  • exploration
  • pursuit
  • rummage
  • inquest
  • going-over
  • scrutiny
  • shakedown
  • pursuing
  • chase
  • fishing expedition
  • wild-goose chase
  • witch hunt
  • pursuance
  • pursual
  • legwork
  • perquisition
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How to use wildgoose chase in a sentence

For a moment Joe stood behind her, silently, looking over her shoulder at the signature of Isom Chase.
THE BONDBOYGEORGE W. (GEORGE WASHINGTON) OGDEN
Between each group of figures the face of the rock was scored with mysterious signs and rudely limned weapons of war and chase.
RAW GOLDBERTRAND W. SINCLAIR
On land and in sea the animal creation chase and maim, and slay and devour each other.
GOD AND MY NEIGHBOURROBERT BLATCHFORD
Could he have a sorrow which she might chase away, and, having the power, lack the heart to do it?
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, NO. CCCXXXIX. JANUARY, 1844. VOL. LV.VARIOUS
Thereupon there was a rush forwards; but the chase lasted not only 'a moment,' but a whole hot day.
TOBACCO; ITS HISTORY, VARIETIES, CULTURE, MANUFACTURE AND COMMERCEE. R. BILLINGS.
With fierce yells the guerrillas took up the pursuit and the chase was a hot one.
THE COURIER OF THE OZARKSBYRON A. DUNN
Delancy thought then that the chase was over, but Shiv had a trick or two up his sleeve.
HOODED DETECTIVE, VOLUME III NO. 2, JANUARY, 1942VARIOUS
Already they had turned the crest of the hill, and fainter and fainter came the sound of the chase.
THE SOLDIER OF THE VALLEYNELSON LLOYD
The woods were ringing with their music, and the sound of the chase swung to and fro, from ridge to ridge.
THE SOLDIER OF THE VALLEYNELSON LLOYD
The sentinels signaled at a sign of danger, and then the herd ran; and so their enemies learned to hunt by following the chase.
THE LATER CAVE-MENKATHARINE ELIZABETH DOPP
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