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wild goose

any undomesticated goose, especially the greylag of Britain or the Canada goose.
Origin of wild goose
before 1050; Middle English; Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Do you mean to tell me it was you who sent me on that wild-goose chase to London?

    The Riddle of the Purple Emperor Mary E. Hanshew and Thomas W. Hanshew
  • How much money do you suppose you will need for this wild-goose expedition?

    The Young Adventurer Horatio Alger
  • Had a busy clergyman not enough to do without such a wild-goose chase?

    In Answer to Prayer W. Boyd Carpenter
  • The feather beds are made from wild-goose and duck feathers.

  • Once having plunged into a country road, away from railways and hotels, he felt himself starting on a wild-goose chase.

  • I would not see my client's money wasted in such a wild-goose chase.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • Here was a wild-goose chase indeed, but Aronson had a keen suspicion that it was the goose who was the chaser.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • If it is not a wild-goose chase it is something uncommonly like it.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • The hideous fear came to him that Graves had been mistaken, that he had come on a wild-goose chase.

  • Just think of what'll happen if you come out with that—that wild-goose yarn of yours.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln

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