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    a fool's errand

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    I should have been no true friend to you if I had let you on this fool’s errand. (Haggard’s “The Witch’s Head”, chapter IV)

    a fool’s errand = a hopeless affair

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: a fool's errand

    More or less, though errands are usually short undertakings, going to get something and then coming back, for example, whereas affairs are ongoing business, much of the time.

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