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wild goose chase

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wild /waɪld/ adj
  1. (of animals) living independently of man; not domesticated or tame
  2. (of plants) growing in a natural state; not cultivated
  3. uninhabited or uncultivated; desolate: a wild stretch of land
  4. living in a savage or uncivilized way: wild tribes
  5. lacking restraint: wild merriment
  6. of great violence or intensity: a wild storm
  7. disorderly or chaotic: wild thoughts, wild talk
  8. dishevelled; untidy: wild hair
  9. in a state of extreme emotional intensity: wild with anger
  10. reckless: wild speculations
  11. not calculated; random: a wild guess
  12. unconventional; fantastic; crazy: wild friends
  13. (postpositive) followed by about: informal intensely enthusiastic or excited
  14. (of a card, such as a joker or deuce in some games) able to be given any value the holder pleases
  15. wild and woollyrough; untamed; barbarous
  16. (of theories, plans, etc) not fully thought out
  1. in a wild manner
  2. run wildto grow without cultivation or care
  3. to behave without restraint
  1. (often plural) a desolate, uncultivated, or uninhabited region
  2. the wilda free natural state of living
  3. the wilderness
Etymology: Old English wilde; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wildi, Old Norse villr, Gothic wiltheis

ˈwildish adj ˈwildly adv ˈwildness n

Wild /waɪld/ n
  1. Jonathan. ?1682–1725, British criminal, who organized a network of thieves, highwaymen, etc, while also working as an informer: said to have sent over a hundred men to the gallows before being hanged himself

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