- a wild or absurd search for something nonexistent or unobtainable: a wild-goose chase looking for a building long demolished.
- any senseless pursuit of an object or end; a hopeless enterprise: Her scheme of being a movie star is a wild-goose chase.
Origin of wild-goose chase
First recorded in 1585–95
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- an absurd or hopeless pursuit, as of something unattainable