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What does wild-goose chase mean?


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wild-goose chase

The phrase a wild-goose chase refers to a pursuit of something unattainable or non-existent

The idiom was mentioned in the William Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, scene 4 by the character Mercutio:
"Nay, if our wits run the wild-goose chase, I am done; for thou hast more of the wild goose in one of thy wits than, I am sure, I have in my whole five."

Example(s):

She began to suspect whether she had been sent on a wild-goose chase.

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