snipe hunt


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snipe hunt

1. A practical joke in which the victim is sent on a hunt for a fictitious animal called a snipe. When I was in the Cub Scouts, the youngest members were always sent out on a snipe hunt by the counselors on the night of our first big campout.
2. By extension, any hunt, search, or quest for something that is fictitious, non-existent, elusive, or illusory. The president has pledged to make universal healthcare a reality, but I think he's really just on a snipe hunt.
See also: hunt, snipe
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Even though many states manage a real snipe hunt, to most people it will remain a prank played on the unsuspecting.
Armed with flashlights, old pillow cases and their hands (no other gear is permitted), midnight revelers scavenge for the critters in what some equate to an aquatic snipe hunt.
According to NBC's official synopsis, "a femme fatale from Red's past sets the FBI on a snipe hunt, requiring Liz to use hidden talents.
That boy will never relax in a world where a snipe hunt is both a search for a marsh bird with a long bill and a good ol' American prank.
It's a bit bulky--and the small generator creates a low-pitched hum, making it unsuitable for snipe hunts and other covert operations.
Snipe hunts also are offered with the hunt day quotas issued on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 a.
Well, it was not different than a lot of snipe hunts or coon hunts or other wild goose chases.