A wild goose chase

Definition

A wild goose chase is an idiom used to describe a futile or pointless pursuit.

Examples

We spent all day looking for the missing documents, it was a wild goose chase

The search for a cure is often a wild goose chase

Origin

The origin of this phrase can be traced back to the 16th century, when a type of horse race that involved chasing a live goose was popular.

FAQs

What is a wild goose chase?

A wild goose chase is an idiom used to describe a futile or pointless pursuit.

Where does the phrase come from?

The phrase originated in the 16th century when a type of horse race that involved chasing a live goose was popular.

What are some examples of this phrase in use?

We spent all day looking for the missing documents, it was a wild goose chase; The search for a cure is often a wild goose chase.