fool's errand


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a fruitless mission

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Whether you agree with Ellis or Bogle, the only logical conclusion you can make is that it is a fool's errand to think you can beat the market, and it is a fool's errand to think you can pick an active manager who can beat the market.
CRAIG LEVEIN turned up to run the rule over Hamilton against Celtic and quickly realised it was a fool's errand.
This is a fool's errand, because not only is the institution equipped with archaic gear and is overflowing with political appointees who have little or no expertise when it comes to the business of broadcasting, but they present a huge drain on the state's coffers, especially at a time when the advertising market in this tiny country so clearly falls well short of what is needed to sustain the plethora of relatively more functional media outlets.
But given that Trump offered few specifics for his many sweeping campaign promises, and often reversed himself throughout the election even on his core issues, such predictions seem like a fool's errand.
fire boss Hodgson But Rooney, set to win his 115th cap in Nice, equalling the country's outfield record set by David Beckham, believes plotting a route to the final is a fool's errand in a competition that has already seen surprising results from the continent's lesser lights.
But Rooney believes plotting a possible route to the final is a fool's errand in a competition that has already seen surprising results from the continent's lesser lights.
While the Assad regime, together with Russia, Iran and their proxies, has slaughtered Syrians with impunity and changed the military facts on the ground, the administration has been on a fool's errand pleading with Vladimir Putin to negotiate a political solution to the very hostilities he perpetuates," McCain said.
In contrast, Chris Mason's "Nation-Building is an Oxymoron" does not pull its punches; it argues, flatly, nation-building is a fool's errand, and of the worst kind.
Reiterating his vow to "make 2016 a referendum on repealing Obamacare," Cruz needled members of his own party who see it as a fool's errand to try to roll back Obama's signature health-care law.
That's a fool's errand because other nations want to keep those jobs, and they ought to.
But it's customers who will tell you what they want in a product aACA* it'll be a fool's errand to think otherwise.
Therefore, there was no point in sending Israel's envoys back to the Egyptian capital for negotiations on a durable cease-fire, because they would be coming on a fool's errand.
Hamm, however, was quick to add, "to second-guess it at this point is a fool's errand.
Like the first book, A Fool's Errand features a briskly paced plot that still yields a fair number of surprises and keeps readers eagerly devouring pages right up to its cliffhanger ending.