Snipe-hunt meaning

An elaborate practical joke in which an unsuspecting person takes part in a bogus hunt for a snipe, typically being left alone in the dark with instructions not to move until the snipe appears.
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A futile search or endeavor.
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(idiomatic) A prank in which a gullible victim is sent off on a fruitless search for a nonexistent item.
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(intransitive) To participate, as the gullible victim, in a snipe hunt.
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Origin of snipe-hunt

  • Based on the snipe, a family of shorebirds that are notoriously difficult to hunt.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Wiktionary