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fool's errand

a completely absurd, pointless, or useless errand. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fool's errand
  • As it is, trying to convey real science on this and certain other sites is something of a fool's errand.
  • Looking for ways to warehouse ever more people is a fool's errand that has already bankrupted the planet.
  • While you can theoretically use your fingers to operate the device, this is in reality a fool's errand of the highest order.
  • For anyone else, trying to forge a peace between these combatants would have been a fool's errand.
  • They're worried, and they are trying to stop history, which is a fool's errand.
  • And trying to beat the market was a fool's errand for almost everyone.
  • Even in quiet times, predicting the paths of exchange rates is a fool's errand.
  • Trying to single out financiers from entrepreneurs is a fool's errand: you will end up hurting both.
  • All these things the rich world can do, but taking over a country is a fool's errand.
  • Looking for signs of higher intelligence in birds is not the fool's errand it once seemed.
British Dictionary definitions for fool's errand

fool's errand

a fruitless undertaking
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Idioms and Phrases with fool's errand

fool's errand

A fruitless mission or undertaking, as in Asking the bank for yet another loan was clearly a fool's errand. [ c. 1700 ]
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