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will-o'-the-wisp

(wĭl′ə-thə-wĭsp′)
n.
1. See ignis fatuus.
2. A delusive or misleading hope.
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Now given that it costs the council taxpayer a great deal of money to clean up after these will-o-the-wisp urban artistic guerrillas, you might have been forgiven for thinking that Reuven Fletcher, for that is the officer's name, is paid to co-ordinate the clean up and prosecution of those who daub on the walls of underpasses, bus shelters and such like.
Then will-o-the-wisp Briers added a drop goal and there was no way back for the Wildcats.