snipe hunt


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snipe hunt

n.
1. An elaborate practical joke in which an unsuspecting person takes part in a bogus hunt for a snipe, typically being left alone in the dark with instructions not to move until the snipe appears.
2. A futile search or endeavor.
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Noun1.snipe hunt - an elaborate practical joke in which the unsuspecting victim hunts a snipe and is typically left in the dark holding a bag and waiting for the snipe to run into it; "in the South a snipe hunt is practically a rite of passage"
practical joke - a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)
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Mixing in the fun of a snipe hunt with the task left me at the cleaning station, I tossed some cleaned snipe into the six-gallon bucket of brine with the venison.
A snipe hunt is a prank where people are sent on an imaginary quest they think is real.
If you think this sounds like a snipe hunt, you might be right.