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wild-goose chase

noun [C] uk   /ˌwaɪldˈɡuːsˌtʃeɪs/ informal us  
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.
Translations of “wild-goose chase”
in Korean 헛수고, 부질없는 노력…
in Arabic مُحاوَلة عَقيمة…
in Portuguese busca inútil…
in Catalan cerca inútil…
in Japanese 無駄足, 成功の見込みのない試み…
in Italian sforzo inutile…
in Chinese (Traditional) 白費力氣的搜尋, 徒勞之舉…
in Chinese (Simplified) 白费力气的搜寻, 徒劳之举…
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