Attack imaginary enemies or evils: the priest was too busy healing the sick to bother with tilting at ecclesiastical windmills
[with allusion to Cervantes' story of Don Quixote tilting at windmills, believing they were giants]
More example sentences
- Hopefully, their officers will fall into line, tackle the real issues of the GAA and stop tilting at windmills.
- If you diversify into activity where you have no competitive advantage you are just tilting at windmills.
- It's not hard to see the appeal of a romantic dreamer forever tilting at windmills - Welles spent his life fighting the mundane reality of unrealised ambitions and broken promises.
Definition of tilt at windmills in:
- The US English dictionary