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Meaning of wild-goose chase

wild'-goose' chase"

Pronunciation: (wīld'gs'), [key]
  1. a wild or absurd search for something nonexistent or unobtainable: a wild-goose chase looking for a building long demolished.
  2. any senseless pursuit of an object or end; a hopeless enterprise: Her scheme of being a movie star is a wild-goose chase.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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