fool's errand


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fool's errand

A task that has little to no chance of being successful or beneficial. Giving the baby a bath before he eats spaghetti is a fool's errand.
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fool's errand

A fruitless mission or undertaking, as in Asking the bank for yet another loan was clearly a fool's errand. [c. 1700]
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Peterson says, "I see no reason why the House Agriculture Committee should undertake the fool's errand to craft another long-term farm bill if the Republican leadership refuses to give any assurances that our bipartisan work will be considered.
Convinced that it's a fool's errand but powerless to refuse, he sets out with his assistants and his 16-year-old daughter Yukiko, a beautiful, headstrong girl with a dangerous secret.
This short-term tinkering is therefore a fool's errand.
This short-term tinkering is therefore a fool's errand and we had better start understanding this for our own good.
The European Union's ongoing rollercoaster ride will clearly affect what happens here, although making predictions about the eurozone is a fool's errand.
The "regeneration" has become a monument to sheer incompetence and I urge Ray Mallon and the Labour councillors who backed this to now pursue an alternative path, one which will no longer leave residents fearful for their futures and herald an end to the complete waste of much-needed public money in a fool's errand which has left the ward desolated.
Writing a "review" of Bridesmaids is sort of a fool's errand, as the film is such an ebullient blast of fun that the resulting critique will sound like over-the-top gushing.
If they had taken Professor Heidegger's "Logic" at Marburg University during the winter term of 1925-26, in the closing moments of the second class they would have heard the following: "It is a fool's errand [eine verfehlte Erwartung] to expect that traditional logic will teach us how to thhlk.
Trying to be cool when you are short and ginger is always a fool's errand but I did my best.
I feel we were brought up all the way from West Wales on a fool's errand," he stormed.
Peter Collins reviews Garcon Brasserie 7 Terry Walton is sent on a fool's errand on the allotments.
It may have seemed a fool's errand running him behind Casamento last time, but he was in no way disgraced and should take some beating in the closing maiden (5.
Surely any explication de texte of Ashbery's verse is a fool's errand, since his poems are (as the title of one collection, "Flow Chart," implies) the result of a creative mind processing its slipstream of everyday perceptions and imagistic analogies arising from the subconscious.
Stuart Derbyshire, who researches pain at the University of Birmingham, added: "The hunt for an objective measure of pain is a fool's errand.