a completely absurd, pointless, or useless errand.
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ploy, prank, bait, commotion, deviation, distraction, disturbance, diversion, gimmick, interruption, maneuver, distractor, antic, caper, escapade, frolic, gag, shenanigans, stunt, tomfoolery
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a fruitless undertaking
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
A fruitless mission or undertaking, as in Asking the bank for yet another loan was clearly a fool's errand. [c. 1700]
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