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wild goose

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of wild goose1

before 1050; Middle English; Old English

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Example Sentences

That you are trying every day, without witnesses, without even neighbors, and still you can’t bring yourself to care about wild geese.

In Chicago, 86% of ShotSpotter-prompted “gunfire” deployments turned out to be wild goose chases.

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People might well have argued that it was a waste of money to send Christopher Columbus on a wild goose chase.

"If you tell me to I s'pose I must, but I think it's a wild-goose chase anyhow," was the disapproving answer.

"I like him well enough to go on a wild-goose chase in search of him," the lady replied.

Miss Waller instantly denounced the scheme as a wild-goose chase, asserting that May was certain to lose her way.

At the top of the table sat Mr Grave, indistinctly visible through the steam that rose from the wild-goose before him.

The Indian would imitate the cry of the wild goose to attract the white hunter into the woods, where he would spring upon him.

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