gowk's errand

gowk's errand
North Country (Newcastle) Words
a fool's errand; cf. What are ye gauping at, ye gowk? s.v. gaup

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  • hunt-the-gowk — huntˈ the gowk noun (Scot) 1. The making of an April fool 2. (also huntˈiegowk) a fool s errand, a deception or a hoax, appropriate to the First of April transitive verb To make an April fool of • • • Main Entry: ↑hunt …   Useful english dictionary

  • April fool — noun a) A person subjected to a practical joke on April Fools Day. Often used as an exclamation upon revealing the joke. APRIL FOOL, Any one imposed on, or sent on a bootless errand on the first of April, on which day it is the custom among the… …   Wiktionary

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