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.
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.