wild-goose chase


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wild-goose chase

a worthless hunt or chase; a futile pursuit. I wasted all afternoon on a wild-goose chase. John was angry because he was sent out on a wild-goose chase.
See also: chase
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Now a force spokeswoman has said the original tape and letters - which prompted the biggest wild-goose chase in British criminal history - cannot be found.
Egberts-Greene, also known as Mikki Nelson, was arrested April 10 after sheriff's helicopters and deputies from three sheriff's stations went on a wild-goose chase looking for McEntire's tour bus, which they were told had broken down in the Acton area.
Horizon (BBC2, 9pm) The hunt for the mythical city of El Dorado has taken scientists from Bolivia into the heart of the Amazon jungle and has been called the biggest wild-goose chase of all time.
The old and costly guessing game -- taking a circuit out of service for tests, or sending technicians on a wild-goose chase for problems they might not even own -- has been replaced by the Intelligent Surveillance and accuracy of Clearview CircuitView.
Yesterday a West Yorks spokeswoman admitted the items which prompted the biggest wild-goose chase in British criminal history could not be found.
He said: "If Irish Rail wants to waste taxpayers' money going off on a wild-goose chase to the courts, that's a matter completely for the company.