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Fool's Errand

What Does "Fool's Errand" Mean?

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"Fool's errand" is an English idiom. It means "a useless or fruitless task."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "fool's errand" used in a sentence:
  • Chasing after the wind is a fool's errand.
  • Sending me to find a snowflake in a blizzard feels like a fool's errand.
  • She sent him on a fool's errand to test his loyalty.
meaning for fool's errand

What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Fool's Errand" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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