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.