tilt at windmills

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From a passage in the novel Don Quixote where the eponymous character tilts (i.e. jousts) at windmills that he has mistaken for giants.

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tilt at windmills

  1. (intransitive) To attack imaginary enemies.
  2. (intransitive, by extension) To go on a wild-goose chase; to persistently engage in a futile activity.

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