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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a ˌfool’s ˈerrand

a journey, task, etc. that is a waste of time because it was not necessary: Are you sending me on a fool’s errand again? The last time you sent me to get tickets, the play wasn’t even on.
An errand is a job that you do for somebody that involves going somewhere to take a message, to buy something, etc.
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Indeed, to act as arbiter among the fractious factions of Worcester's body politic would be a fool's errand, and we'll take a pass.
It's a fool's errand to believe that the future could be better than the past.
Nation-building in a land of tribes and warlords, with no cultural tradition of central authority, was a fool's errand.
I found that the automatic gearbox did such a good job with barely noticeable moves up or down that it was a fool's errand trying to better its performance.
Business journalism can be a bit of a fool's errand at times, with dodgy cul de sacs and metaphorical minefields lurking around every corner.
Railing against New York State (or any state, for that matter) as the recipient for a person's estate is a fool's errand, however.
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.
This short-term tinkering is therefore a fool's errand.
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.
It's a fool's errand to predict whether or when the regime of Kim Jong Il or his son will fall apart.