One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Attack imaginary enemies or evils.
- ‘In order not to risk tilting at windmills, I am not getting my hopes up that my museum project will be realized.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Of course the petition, the campaign and the whole story are all tilting at windmills.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Hopefully, their officers will fall into line, tackle the real issues of the GAA and stop tilting at windmills.’
- ‘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.’
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