groundless story

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These include the mistaken belief that Charles Lyell established the ancient age of the earth, the groundless story that the Beagle's captain wished for a companion on the voyage so as not to go mad, and most classic, and most incorrect, that Darwin was struck by the shape of the beaks of the finches while in the Galapagos Islands.
"Mrs Tierney is determined to win this case and prove that The Sun were reckless in their pursuit of a totally groundless story.
"The Sun newspaper has destroyed the life of a blameless woman in the reckless pursuit of a groundless story.