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wild goose

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noun
  1. any undomesticated goose, especially the greylag of Britain or the Canada goose.

Origin of wild goose

before 1050; Middle English; Old English
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Historical Examples

  • Just think of what'll happen if you come out with that—that wild-goose yarn of yours.

    Shavings

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Joe was up to snuff and sent the boys on what he considered a wild-goose chase.

  • Who wants to be enthusiastic on a wild-goose chase like this?

  • On his way back to town from this wild-goose chase, he heard the sound of hoofs.

    Nan of Music Mountain

    Frank H. Spearman

  • "I apprehend we shall have a wild-goose chase of it," rejoined Bob.