fool's errand


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fool's errand

n. pl. fools' errands
A fruitless undertaking.

fool's errand

n
a fruitless undertaking

fool's′ er′rand


n.
a completely absurd, pointless, or useless errand.
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Noun1.fool's errand - a fruitless mission
mission, charge, commission - a special assignment that is given to a person or group; "a confidential mission to London"; "his charge was deliver a message"
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Their disappointment, therefore, may easily be conceived, when they learned that their warlike attack upon Astoria had been forestalled by a snug commercial arrangement; that their anticipated booty had become British property in the regular course of traffic, and that all this had been effected by the very Company which had been instrumental in getting them sent on what they now stigmatized as a fool's errand.
I do not know why I had an inkling that it would appeal to Strickland's sense of humour to bring a furious stockbroker over to Paris on a fool's errand to an ill-famed house in a mean street.
So we sat down under the rocks and groaned, and for one I wished heartily that we had never started on this fool's errand.
Assuredly,'' said Wamba, ``fool as I am, I shall not do your fool's errand.
But it ended in nothing, and I will not be sent on a fool's errand again.
It struck him at once that Philip had been sent for, and he was amused that he had been brought on a fool's errand.
Take my advice then, and do not go travelling about for long so far from home, nor leave your property with such dangerous people in your house; they will eat up everything you have among them, and you will have been on a fool's errand.
Sorry to bring you out on such a fool's errand, Watson," he said at last.
It was the cheapest shot in the game; the dear ones were sending old Theobald to Southampton on a fool's errand yesterday afternoon, and showing one's own nose down Regent Street in broad daylight while he was gone; but some things are worth paying for, and certain risks one must always take.
Reiterating his vow to "make 2016 a referendum on repealing Obamacare," Cruz needled members of his own party who see it as a fool's errand to try to roll back Obama's signature health-care law.
Once we realized the force behind creation of the CFPB and the fact that credit unions would be included in its focus, working against it completely would have been a fool's errand, akin to advocating for an endless summer.
Some in America say it's a fool's errand to even try to negotiate with Iran's leaders -- that President Obama is desperate for a deal to shore up his failing foreign policy.