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Wild goose chase


Useless effort. Thankless effort.  Imagine running through the woods trying to catch a wild goose, even if you caught it would it be worth the time and trouble. (Compare to For naught.)

 “Looking for our missing cat was a wild goose chase because she was sleeping in the closet.”

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