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tilt at windmills

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

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tilt at windmills

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

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