snipe hunt

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snipe hunt

1. A practical joke in which the victim is sent on a hunt for a fictitious animal called a snipe. When I was in the Cub Scouts, the youngest members were always sent out on a snipe hunt by the counselors on the night of our first big campout.
2. By extension, any hunt, search, or quest for something that is fictitious, non-existent, elusive, or illusory. The president has pledged to make universal healthcare a reality, but I think he's really just on a snipe hunt.
See also: hunt, snipe
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Mixing in the fun of a snipe hunt with the task left me at the cleaning station, I tossed some cleaned snipe into the six-gallon bucket of brine with the venison.
A snipe hunt is a prank where people are sent on an imaginary quest they think is real.