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Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Meaning of "wild-goose chase" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF WILD-GOOSE CHASE

wild-goose chase play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WILD-GOOSE CHASE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Wild-Goose chase is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES WILD-GOOSE CHASE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of wild-goose chase in the English dictionary

The definition of wild-goose chase in the dictionary is an absurd or hopeless pursuit, as of something unattainable.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WILD-GOOSE CHASE

wild silk
wild Spaniard
wild strawberry
wild track
wild type
wild water
Wild West
Wild West show
wild-card
wild-eyed
wild-water
wildcat
wildcat strike
wildcatted
wildcatter
wildcatting
Wilde
wildebeest
wilder
wilderment

WORDS THAT END LIKE WILD-GOOSE CHASE

car chase
chase
compulsory purchase
cut to the chase
enchase
Gadsden Purchase
give chase
goose chase
hire purchase
hire-purchase
impulse purchase
Louisiana Purchase
money-purchase
paper chase
phase
prepurchase
proof of purchase
purchase
repurchase
steeplechase
the chase

Synonyms and antonyms of wild-goose chase in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «wild-goose chase» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WILD-GOOSE CHASE

Find out the translation of wild-goose chase to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of wild-goose chase from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «wild-goose chase» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

野生鹅追
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

búsqueda inútil
570 millions of speakers

English

wild-goose chase
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

जंगली हंस का पीछा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مطاردة عقيمة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

дикого гуся погони
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

infrutífera perseguição
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বৃথা পরিশ্রম
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

chasse oie sauvage
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Mengejar angan liar
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Wildgans jagen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

野生のガチョウの追跡
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

야생 거위 추적
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Nglangi liar-angsa
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

hoang dã đuổi ngỗng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

காட்டு வாத்து துரத்தல்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

जंगली हंस पाठलाग
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

yabani kaz kovalamaca
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

wild-goose chase
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

dzikich gęsi pościg
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

дикого гусака погоні
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

wild- gâscă urmărire
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

άγριο κυνηγητό χήνας
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

wilde - gans jaag
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

wild - goose chase
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

villspor
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of wild-goose chase

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WILD-GOOSE CHASE»

The term «wild-goose chase» is quite widely used and occupies the 45.163 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WILD-GOOSE CHASE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about wild-goose chase

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QUOTES WITH «WILD-GOOSE CHASE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word wild-goose chase.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne
Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WILD-GOOSE CHASE»

Discover the use of wild-goose chase in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to wild-goose chase and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God
Most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time. And I know that is unsettling. But circumstantial uncertainty also goes by another name: Adventure.” --from the introduction From the Trade Paperback edition.
Mark Batterson, 2009
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A Wild Goose Chase Christmas: Quilts of Love Series
Upon her grandmother's death, Izzy Fontaine finds herself in possession of a Wild Goose Chase pattern quilt that supposedly leads to a great treasureA quilt, a secret message, a dog, and a possible treasure make for an unforgettable ...
Jennifer Allee, 2012
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Max's Wild Goose Chase
A humorous book about a very naughty English Springer Spaniel who raises havoc with the waterfowl along the Chagrin River.
Sandra J. Philipson, 1999
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Wycliffe's Wild-Goose Chase
Wycliffe's home overlooks a peaceful, West Country estuary - but even here he can't get away from crime.
W.J. Burley, 2010
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Henry and Mudge and the Wild Goose Chase
Henry and his dog Mudge tangle with a grumpy goose when they visit a farm.
Cynthia Rylant, Suçie Stevenson, 2003
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A Wild-Goose Chase
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923.
Edwin Balmer, 2011
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Santa's wild goose chase
Willy and Nilly, geese who are happy because they have mated for life, feel that they need very little for Christmas, but then they meet Santa and go on the adventure of their lives.
Gib Twyman, 1997
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The Pilgrim. The Wild-goose-chase. The Prophetes. The ...
8. DRAMATIS PERSON .15. ' ._.-Ds-GAnn, a noble staid gentleman, that, being newly lighted from his travels, assists his sister Actcd by Master Robert ORIANA in her chase of MiamI:L the Wild- Benfield. Goose, R h . Az'tcd by Master to ond ...
‎1845
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Detective Donut and the wild goose chase
Detective Donut and his partner, Mouse, set out to find Professor Drake, the world-famous archaeologist who has mysteriously disappeared.
Bruce Whatley, Rosie Smith, 1999
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Wild Goose Chase: Exploring the Spirituality of Everyday Life
Through the world of symbol, dream, movement, imagination and intuition, Wild Goose, Chase goes deep into different areas of life - our self-perceptions, our bodies, our relationships, our experience of worship, our place in the days and ...
Annie Heppenstall-West, 2006

NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WILD-GOOSE CHASE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term wild-goose chase is used in the context of the following news items.
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Boyfriend of Woman in Vallejo Kidnapping 'Hoax' Is Innocent Victim …
A man accused of sending investigators on a “wild-goose chase” by allegedly fabricating a story about his girlfriend being abducted from his Bay Area home was ... «KTLA, Mar 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Wild-Goose chase [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/wild-goose-chase>. Jul 2020 ».
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