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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If the game plan is to try and smash them off the park, the Wallabies will be chasing their tail.
Sean Wensley, senior vet at PDSA, said stressed dogs showed signs of compulsive disorder by chasing their tail or excessive limb licking.
Statistics show that the average maintenance technician loses two hours each day, chasing their tail, running back and forth for the parts and supplies that they need," Nye said.
It's easy to get wrapped up in the latest and greatest technologies, which we saw occur in the demise of the dot-coins, where everyone was chasing their tail and thought they had the solution.
I do worry about some of the younger trainers because they are on the go seven days a week, their mobile phones ring all the time, and they're forever chasing their tail
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.