Posted by R. Berg on December 01, 2001
In Reply to: Tilting at windmills posted by Barney on November 30, 2001
: : I see the phrase 'tilting at windmills' every now and again. What does it mean? Does it come from Don Quixote?
And, to answer your first question, it means attacking what one falsely believes to be an enemy or a threat. Nowadays the attack is usually verbal.