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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Mentor Brian Purcell feels Platinum have no plan or preparation with Geraldine chasing her tail.
I think it is because she is still a puppy really, but she is always chasing her tail around and falling over.
Jim turned his hand to beer making after leaving the Army and chose the name because of Cassie's habit of chasing her tail when she was a puppy.
Long gone to the balcony:/in a huge ink bottle spilled on the sky/whirling from evening to night/she was madly chasing her tail.