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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We had a good comeback, but we were always chasing our tails.
Disappointed Annan gaffer Jim Chapman said: "I'm really frustrated because a sloppy first half left us chasing our tails.
But once they got the first goal we were chasing our tails.
They can hit you hard up front and we could be chasing our tails for the rest of the series.
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Flood added: "I would rather be in the situation we are in - two from two - than having lost the first and then chasing our tails.
I'd rather be in the situation we are - two from two - than having lost the first and then chasing our tails," said Flood.
Most of the time we're frustrated with our own lack of performance but are too busy chasing our tails to hold ourselves accountable.
We've been chasing our tails a bit but the one thing you must do when you have a horse as good as him is take care.
A united force may do what the feeble National Trainers' Federation and the Jockeys' Association have failed to do -say to the BHB, to the Racecourse Association and to everyone else, "we've had enough of chasing our tails for everyone else's benefit.
We were chasing our tails after that and we gave ourselves no chance in the second half with a 50% completion rate.
The irony of modern living is we have more and more gadgets at our disposal, which are meant to make our lives easier and buy us more time, and yet most of us seem to be chasing our tails, eating junk food because we're on the run, apologising to friends for not being in regular contact, and lamenting the fact our social life consists of nights on the sofa because we're too exhausted to go out.
If we're chasing our tails from the start it's going to make it hard work.
I am able to have meetings with the coaching staff in the mornings whereas before were having to wait until after training, so we are not chasing our tails as much as we were.
In discussion of cyclical retention strategies, ("Retention Selection: Chasing Our Tails," Risk & Insurance[R] March 2006, page 37) you mention that the following rule leads to an unsustainable outcome: "If the premium charged by the insurer for the retained loss is greater than the expected or average value calculated from loss data, retain.