tilt at windmills -> μάχομαι με ανεμόμυλους, κυνηγώ χίμαιρες, κυνηγάω χίμαιρες, πολεμώ με φαντάσματα, πολεμάω με φαντάσματα, τα βάζω με ανύπαρκτους εχθρούς, πιστεύω σε ουτοπίες, κυνηγώ το άπιαστο όνειρο, κυνηγάω το άπιαστο όνειρο
Fig. to fight battles with imaginary enemies; to fight against unimportant enemies or issues. (As with the fictional character, Don Quixote, who attacked windmills.) Aren't you too smart to go around tilting at windmills? I'm not going to fight this issue. I've wasted too much of my life tilting at windmills.
to waste time trying to deal with enemies or problems that do not exist We're not tilting at windmills here. If we don't do something about these problems, our environment may be in serious danger. tilt at windmills - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
Engage in conflict with an imagined opponent, pursue a vain goal, as in Trying to reform campaign financing in this legislature is tilting at windmills
. This metaphoric expression alludes to the hero of Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote (1605), who rides with his lance at full tilt (poised to strike) against a row of windmills, which he mistakes for evil giants.tilt at windmills: Information from Answers.com