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English definition of “wild-goose chase”

wild-goose chase

noun [C]     /ˌwaɪldˈɡuːsˌtʃeɪs/ informal
a search that is completely unsuccessful and a waste of time because the person or thing being searched for does not exist or is somewhere else: After two hours spent wandering in the snow, I realized we were on a wild goose chase.Searching
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