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wild goose

any undomesticated goose, especially the greylag of Britain or the Canada goose.
Origin of wild goose
before 1050; Middle English; Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for wild goose
Contemporary Examples
  • People might well have argued that it was a waste of money to send Christopher Columbus on a wild goose chase.

Historical Examples
  • Twas a wild goose chase, and I wot not what moved me to run after it.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Now, I leave it to you if a wild goose ain't too smart to go in a trap.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • "It's a wild goose chase we're on," muttered his companion after a while.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • After a moment Monapini said, "It looketh to me like the foot of a wild goose."

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • Their meat, however, is not considered equal to that of the wild goose.

    Three Boys in the Wild North Land Egerton Ryerson Young
  • They may be worth a good deal before we get back from this wild goose chase.

    Down the Slope James Otis
  • “Smoked breast of wild goose,” commented John, smacking his lips.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough
  • For the rest, they lived chiefly on mussels, with now and then a wild goose.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
  • The third day, after we had left our company, I shot a wild goose in the river.

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