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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She swears that in her 35-year career leading wildlife watching tours she's never taken anyone on a snipe hunt.
Roy Hansen appeared to the veterans that he'd just fallen off a turnip truck, so he was the ideal candidate for a snipe hunt. (The snipe is closely related to the jackalope, a creature which looks like a rabbit with antlers but has never been seen by human eyes, either.) The rules of play: Two of the older ballplayers hand Roy a burlap bag and position him at the bottom of a Catalina canyon.
Sniper hunt or snipe hunt? Press has a vital part to play in finding the Beltway killer, which includes the asking of tough questions
One would assume Keith is safe, because Stan wouldn't dare try to pull that snipe hunt stunt again.
Mixing in the fun of a snipe hunt with the task left me at the cleaning station, I tossed some cleaned snipe into the six-gallon bucket of brine with the venison.
The episode is called "Madeline Pratt." 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.