fool's errand

fool's errand

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  • Fool's errand — Fool Fool, n. [OE. fol, n. & adj., F. fol, fou, foolish, mad; a fool, prob. fr. L. follis a bellows, wind bag, an inflated ball; perh. akin to E. bellows. Cf. {Folly}, {Follicle}.] 1. One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fool's errand — n. a foolish, fruitless task or undertaking …   English World dictionary

  • fool's errand — noun a fruitless mission • Hypernyms: ↑mission, ↑charge, ↑commission * * * ˌfool s ˈerrand f7 [fool s errand fool s errands] noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fool's errand — A fool s errand may mean:*Fool s Errand (novel) * The Fool s Errand , a computer gameee also*Snipe hunt …   Wikipedia

  • fool's errand — /ˈfulz ɛrənd/ (say foohlz eruhnd) noun 1. an absurd or useless errand: *Life was a fool s errand, carrying news to the worms. –kylie tennant, 1946. –phrase 2. send on a fool s errand , to cause someone to become involved in something that is a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • fool's errand —    If you go on a fool s errand, you try to do something which is useless, unnecessary or has no chance of success.     I realized it was a fool s errand to look for a bank in such an isolated region …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • fool's errand — fool s′ er′rand n. a completely absurd, pointless, or useless errand …   From formal English to slang

  • fool's errand — noun a) A foolish undertaking, especially one that is purposeless, fruitless, nonsensical, or certain to fail. If I were to travel only that I might be discontented with that which I can get at home, methinks I should go but on a fools errand …   Wiktionary

  • fool's errand — a completely absurd, pointless, or useless errand. * * * …   Universalium

  • fool's errand — noun a task or activity that has no hope of success …   English new terms dictionary