tilting at windmills
one of the benefits of working for a prolix old man is that i pick up many new and mysterious colloquialisms and unique expressions.
i often have to google them to even understand what he was talking about, and this most recent is a fantastic find. i've read Don Quixote: El Hombre de la Mancha but had never heard this lexical golden nugget until yesterday.
thanks to The Phrase Finder for help with expressions like the one above, as well as 'jump the shark.' how did people find answers before the internets?