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Wild goose chase: (via dictionary.com) Definition: a wild or absurd search for something nonexistent or unobtainable Example: a wild-goose chase looking for a building long demolished


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"chasing rainbows" seems like a good choice. trying to achieve something that is not possible or practical TFD e.g. He wanted to go into show business, but friends told him to quit chasing rainbows. I'm always chasing rainbows Watching clouds drifting by My schemes are just like all my dreams Ending in the sky... (lyrics by Joseph McCarthy) or ...


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will-o-the-wisp, Cambridge English Dictionary something that is impossible to get or achieve: Full employment is the will-o'-the-wisp that politicians have been chasing for decades From Wikipedia A will-o'-the-wisp....is an atmospheric ghost light seen by travellers at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes. It resembles a ...


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I owe you (one) is a colloquial expression: (informal) said to thank someone for helping you and as a way of saying that you will do something for them in the future: Thanks for the help, Bill - I owe you one. (Cambridge Dictionary)


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Background on 'bucking' "Bucking" in the sense of "avidly pursuing" seems to have its origins in U.S. military slang, but it has much broader application today, as Kristina Lopez notes in her answer. The earliest instance of the word used in this sense, according to J.E. Lighter, Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang (1993), is from 1881—and ...


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My research suggests the origin of 'bucking for [something]', military slang for something akin to 'trying very hard to achieve [something]' is as a periphrasis for 'washing your underwear in lye'. This somewhat startling and perhaps overstated conclusion results from my observation that early military use is associated with 'a thorough washing preparatory ...


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Chasing phantoms would describe chasing something that doesn't exist.


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"Just a fool chasing dreams", seems very appropriate here (but leaves some ambiguity as to the attainability of the dream).


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How about chasing shadows? It could also mean things that once were or that one is always trailing behind. But it is always something that you will not catch. Or chasing/following/looking for a red herring. A fish that does not exist. You could also consider using this in a more poetic way if you for instance have established some other creature with a ...


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Chambers gives a definition of nice as done with great care and exactness and I think the element of 'care' is relevant here. The person will be taking care to ensure that whatever it is is dried and ready for use. Nicely ( or the variant of nice and...) personalises what would otherwise be a bald statement of efficiency.



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