Definition of tilt at windmills in English:

tilt at windmills

phrase

  • Attack imaginary enemies or evils:

    ‘the priest was too busy healing the sick to bother with tilting at ecclesiastical windmills’
    • ‘I mean all your life you know some might say you've been tilting at windmills.’
    • ‘If you diversify into activity where you have no competitive advantage you are just tilting at windmills.’
    • ‘Starting out by tilting at windmills, the report ends up with proposals for reform that fail to deal with the real problems of the medical profession in the new millennium.’
    • ‘A sympathetic judge lets her off with a fine and a reprimand and she goes driving off on a high ready to tilt at windmills once more.’
    • ‘Trying to dictate specifics to the universal realms is, ultimately, tilting at windmills, since those energies work in ways few human beings have ever totally understood.’
    • ‘It's not hard to see the appeal of a romantic dreamer forever tilting at windmills - Welles spent his life fighting the mundane reality of unrealised ambitions and broken promises.’
    • ‘So no matter how much effort millionaires, lawyers and the military spend tilting at windmills, it seems, the future for wind power still looks good.’
    • ‘In order not to risk tilting at windmills, I am not getting my hopes up that my museum project will be realized.’
    • ‘Of course the petition, the campaign and the whole story are all tilting at windmills.’
    • ‘Hopefully, their officers will fall into line, tackle the real issues of the GAA and stop tilting at windmills.’