WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ˈwild-ˈgoose ˌchase, n. [countable]
  • a senseless search for something that does not exist or that cannot possibly be found or obtained:They're off on another wild-goose chase to see if they can find a replacement part for that foreign car.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
    wild-goose chase′  (wīldgo̅o̅s),USA pronunciation 
  • 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.
    • 1585–95

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    wild-goose chase n
    1. an absurd or hopeless pursuit, as of something unattainable

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