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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. 2017.
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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
  • What an inconceivable difference—distance—to the imagination, between the nature of a tame and a wild goose!

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

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • But, if you'll pardon my inquisitiveness, I'd like to ask why you are making this wild goose chase half around the world?

    Graustark George Barr McCutcheon
  • After a moment Monapini said, "It looketh to me like the foot of a wild goose."

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • Jumbo gave a loud quack of laughter like a wild goose, and entangled himself with asparagus.

    Dodo Wonders E. F. Benson
  • Their meat, however, is not considered equal to that of the wild goose.

    Three Boys in the Wild North Land Egerton Ryerson Young
  • High and clear came the note of a wild goose as he called to his mate on their homeward flight.

    The House of the Misty Star Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
  • They may be worth a good deal before we get back from this wild goose chase.

    Down the Slope James Otis
  • He said there was no use of our going on a wild goose chase.

    Roy Blakeley's Motor Caravan Percy Keese Fitzhugh

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