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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.
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snipe at someone or something

 
1. Lit. to fire a weapon at someone or something from a concealed position. Someone with a rifle sniped at the troops as they went through the jungle. A rifleman was busy sniping at the platoon.
2. Fig. to make petty complaints attacking someone or something. Stop sniping at me and everything I do. Ken is always sniping at my reports.
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snipe

n. a cigarette or cigar butt. Down on skid row, a snipe won’t be on the sidewalk for ten seconds.
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Greenwood is so different from other communities, in that the feeling of community cannot only be felt but seen," Snipes notes.
The actor also shared that when he met Jackson, the legendary music-icon believed that Snipes was a real gang member.
Wesley Snipes was reportedly sentenced in 2008 with failure to file tax returns for three years.
It was not clear when or where Snipes would begin serving his time behind bars, however.
To male snipes, it says, "Keep Out" To females, it's a come-on, complete with animated musical routines and aerial acrobatics that can include bursts of upside-down flight.
At his sentencing in April 2008, prosecutors said Snipes, a Florida native who has a residence in Windermere, had earned more than $38 million since 1999, but had filed no tax returns or paid any taxes.
But after the verdict in Atlanta, Georgia, prosecutors said another judge will now decide a date for Snipes to surrender himself.
But Snipes is generous and the Double Box is as sensual a love story as any I have ever read.
Snipes credits the undergraduate course in medical anthropology she took by chance while at Emory University for shaping what became her life's work.
Federal prosecutors were calling for a ban on Snipes' international travel after a federal judge allowed Snipes to travel only to London and Bangkok for work on the movies "Gallowwalker" and "Chasing the Dragon.
But US District Judge William Terrell Hodges said Snipes exhibited a "history of contempt over a period of time" for US tax laws, and granted prosecutors the three-year sentence they requested - one year for each of Snipes' convictions of wilfully failing to file a tax return from 1999-2001.
HOLLYWOOD star Wesley Snipes was sentenced to three years in jail for failing to file tax returns, the maximum penalty.
WESLEY Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for failing to file tax returns.
HOLLYWOOD actor Wesley Snipes was today beginning three years in prison for failing to file tax returns.
A US Navy veteran who also studied electrical engineering at Virginia Western, Snipes has more than 30 years' experience in manufacturing controls engineering.