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English definition of “be chasing your tail”

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be chasing your tail

to be busy doing a lot of things but achieving very little
Translations of “be chasing your tail”
in Chinese (Traditional) 瞎忙活,白忙,徒勞無功…
in Chinese (Simplified) 瞎忙乎,白忙乎…
(Definition of be chasing your tail from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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