Origin of wild-goose chase
How to use wild-goose chase in a sentence
He has wild swings between trying not to care about Lana and the baby, and being completely obsessed by it.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
One of the other cops fired three times and those who were still able to give chase did.
The cops gave chase and the gunman fired the big revolver twice more.
The sound of birds, quail, even doe, make a wild grid of noise.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Exactly when the transition to modern domestic creature took place, for a bird that is wild to this day, is controversial.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity|William O’Connor|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They are so rich in harmony, so weird, so wild, that when you hear them you are like a sea-weed cast upon the bosom of the ocean.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
For a moment Joe stood behind her, silently, looking over her shoulder at the signature of Isom Chase.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
The white men served their smoking cannon with a wild energy that, for a time, made the gallant nine equal to a thousand.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
A cricket-match was in progress, but the bowling and batting were extremely wild, thanks to The Warren strong beer.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
People are busy ballooning or driving; shooting like stars along railroads; or migrating like swallows or wild-geese.
British Dictionary definitions for wild-goose chase
Other Idioms and Phrases with wild-goose chase
A futile search or pursuit, as in I think she sent us on a wild goose chase looking for their beach house. This idiom originally referred to a form of 16th-century horseracing requiring riders to follow a leader in a particular formation (presumably resembling a flock of geese in flight). Its figurative use dates from about 1600.