Posted on March 28, 2004. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Tilting at windmills The phrase is ’tilting at windmills’. The book is Don Quixote. It means attacking what one falsely believes to be an enemy or a threat. Nowadays the attack is usually verbal. It reads ‘…for look there, friend Sancho Panza, where thirty or more monstrous giants present themselves, all of whom I mean to engage in battle and slay… Look, your worship,’ said Sancho. ‘What we see there are not giants but windmills, and what seem to be their arms are the vanes that turned by the wind make the millstone go.’


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