tilt at windmills

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EtymologyEdit

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

Alternative formsEdit

  • fight windmills

VerbEdit

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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Last modified on 18 June 2013, at 00:54