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Wild-goose Chase


A hunt after a mare’s nest. This chase has two defects: First, it is very hard to catch the goose; and, secondly, it is of very little worth when it is caught.

To lead one a wild-goose chase. To beguile one with false hopes, or put one on the pursuit of something not practicable, or at any rate not worth the chase.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Wight (Isle of)
Wild (Jonathan)
Wild Boar
Wild Boy of Hamelin
Wild Children
Wild-goose Chase
Wild Huntsman
Wild Oats
Wild Women [Wildë Frauën]
Wild Women
Wild as a March Hare
Wile away Time (not While)
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Wilhelm Meister
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