chase (one's) tail

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chase (one's) tail

To take action that is ineffectual and does not lead to progress. Refers to how a dog can exhaust itself by chasing its own tail. Come on, Bill, go to sleep. You're just chasing your tail at this point, but you might have a breakthrough with the research if you take a break from it. I'm trying not to chase my tail on this project, but so many components of it are just not working out.
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chase tail

slang To pursue or seek out sexual activity with someone. (Usually used by men to refer to women.) My brother always spends his weekends chasing tail in bars around town.
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chase your (own) tail

keep on doing something futile. informal
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chase your (own) ˈtail

be very busy but in fact achieve very little: In my first month at college I was continually chasing my own tail and being late for everything. ▶ ˈtail-chasing noun
If a dog or cat chases its tail, it runs round in circles trying to bite its own tail.
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chase (one's) tail

To exert oneself vigorously but ineffectually.
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They had a very short period between taking over and the start of pre-season, and were chasing their tails straight away.
Patients do not want to keep chasing their tails between BV and yeast.
They spend the day playing, sliding into the water, wrestling with each other and chasing their tails.
Most working mums spend their time chasing their tails as they endeavour to juggle work with home and family life.
If they are chasing their tails they have a problem from the o.
Hebert's laboratory were unusually active - in a state of near-continual movement, chasing their tails in a circular pattern.
It was a decision that has badly backfired on McLaren, who are now chasing their tails in a bid to make up for lost time and ground.
They do not feel that their time is spent each day chasing their tails just to manage the bare minimum of care and trying not to miss things that could cause harm to patients.
Aldershot made it six games unbeaten with a display of quick passing that had Cheltenham chasing their tails for long periods.
From the first morning in Mohali, India have pretty much dominated and we have been chasing their tails.
Nikki said: "Dogs, especially ones like border collies, need exercise which exerts them mentally as well as physically, otherwise they end up chasing their tails.
In creping, charge variation can have machine tenders chasing their tails trying to adjust adhesive and release balance.
At the same time, our state legislators, who are chasing their tails trying to entice business and manufacturing jobs back into the United States, can't see the forest for the trees.
The study, by Sainsbury's Bank Pet Insurance, also revealed more than 270,000 cats and dogs suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder, which could include chasing their tails to barking incessantly.
A five-goal blitz left the Foxes who failed to reply at the other end chasing their tails.