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seek a knot in a bulrush

To engage in a futile task; to try to find problems where none exist. A bulrush is a grassy plant that is not prone to knots. You'd have better luck seeking a knot in a bulrush than getting those flowers to grow on such rocky soil. I read the report so many times that the boss will be seeking a knot in a bulrush to try to find errors in it.
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On days 3, 17 and 31, a total of 19, 753 and 850 surviving bulrush stems were counted; from day 45, this amount was progressively reduced (Figure 4).
We make for the visitors any of the hundred traditional bulrush home interior decors, curtains, blinds, and others on the spot.
However, the humidity took a particular toll on the E of bagasse causing an 85% decrease and on the TS of the bagasse bulrush wheatstraw blend causing an 80% decrease.
Floristic studies--Sites 1 and 3 have been monitored since 1983 and floristic data taken in those years when Hall's Bulrush was present.
Areas outside the sanctuaries were characterized mostly by vegetation that was thought to provide a rich source of seeds for pintails, such as alkali bulrush, fat hen Atriplex prostrata and brass buttons.
The largest number of populations of Hall's bulrush in Illinois occurs in Cass and Mason counties (Robertson et al.
Alfred Ernest Schuyler, the Academy's curator emeritus of botany, said that the plant Scirpus deltarum or delta bulrush has detoxification properties that could decompose the oil and protect the marsh plants.
These birds nest in the Bulrush patches along the edge of the lake.
Augustinegrass, Tifton 85 bermudagrass, common bermudagrass, canna lilies, iris, bamboo, bulrush, cattail, bordergrass, napiergrass, reeds, and maidencane.
An outdoor village features two traditional pithouses, a tule or bulrush mat tipi, and a sweathouse set in a natural desert surrounding.
Maryland's Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge faces similar peril, made worse by normative rodents that are eating away the bulrush marshes.
The basin(s) may be planted with reeds, bulrush, cattail, or similar hydrophytes.
The infant was concealed for three months then placed in a bulrush basket in the Nile River.
lCash Asmussen, whose season has been disrupted by injury, wins on his final ride of the year when Bulrush takes the Listed race at Maisons-Laffitte.