One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Pursue illusory targets.‘I found that the three-day mission did little more than chase shadows’
- ‘The Germans were literally chasing shadows in the night.’
- ‘Kerry were chasing shadows as Cork dominated in every area.’
- ‘Some of the one-touch football in the latter stages of the first half left Rotherham chasing shadows.’
- ‘No doubt he'd heard the rumors that she was chasing shadows and had hoped to avoid this conversation.’
- ‘Monaco's players are just stroking the ball around for fun now, with the Chelsea players reduced to chasing shadows.’
- ‘Ben Black followed up with a neat move to step through the Cougar defence which was left chasing shadows for another converted try.’
- ‘That is frustrating for the police, who waste so much time chasing shadows, and distressing for residents left feeling helpless.’
- ‘Of course, whether you've spotted anything or are just chasing shadows is what makes the pursuit all the more entertaining.’
- ‘The faux war in Afghanistan, where some 12,000 US troops are chasing shadows, is costing $5 billion each month.’
- ‘Many others would have driven themselves mad chasing shadows for 12 fruitless rounds.’
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