It looks like this is nothing but a wild goose chase.
The Afghan strategy review has been too public and taken too long; the Middle East peace hunt has become a wild goose chase.
You're led on a wild goose chase if you look for an apartment in the papers.
Lois said she knew the way so we followed her car, but she took us on a wild goose chase all round the country lanes instead of taking the direct route along the main road.
I think that search is a wild goose chase and that the best we can do is to identify empirical regularities that apply to particular contexts.
Its recovery will probably supercede your other obligations, and while it may feel like a wild goose chase, you are likely to meet someone, out of the blue, in the process.
The paper chase had now become what we westerners call, a wild goose chase.
The reporter was sent on a wild goose chase for the man he was to interview had never really existed.
Bridget was ragging on Angel for leading them on a wild goose chase.
Sceptics, even as they are swept along, will wonder whether they are being led on a wild goose chase with no conceivably satisfactory ending.