will-o'-the-wisp


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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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Yet the picture of a calm and quiet city united around the urban and social benefits of these public works is but a will-o'-the-wisp. Despite being held up as a symbol of the regeneration of Brazilian cities, Rio could well be a time bomb set to explode during the World Cup or Olympics.
All of them are close to me, but I find one of the keys to this production in the ninth song, Irrlicht (Will-o'-the-wisp): "I'm used to going astray; yet every path leads to one goal.
324--"But mind, the mountain's magic-mad to-night, / And if you choose a will-o'-the-wisp to light / Your path, take care, 'twill lead you all astray": Faust, 3868-70
THERE is no finer sight in rugby than a Will-o'-the-wisp No.10 snaking his way through defences a la the great Phil Bennett and soon-to-be-great Dan Carter.
The Weiser Field Guide to Ghosts: Apparitions, Spirits, Spectral Lights, and Other Hauntings of History and Legend is a broad survey of ghosts, phantoms, and supernatural apparitions ranging from vampires to will-o'-the-wisp, as told of in cultures worldwide.
It did not sit well with the black community, which by the 1980s, certainly the '90s, was more interested in getting better education for black children than in following the will-o'-the-wisp of integration.
Some saw the entity as a nebulous blur of light like a moving will-o'-the-wisp, whereas others saw the ghost as a solid, living person, apparently as real as you or I.
Bush sounded a Buchananite note by promising a "humble foreign policy." To keep religious voters on board and co-opt the appeal of the Culture War and "conservatism of the heart," the GOP turned from its anti-big-government rhetoric and pledged to open the spigots of federal funding to religious ministries--Bush's "faith-based initiatives"--while hinting at referenda against homosexual marriage and holding out a will-o'-the-wisp promise of nominating judges who would overturn Roe v .
What did the will-o'-the-wisp Raider do in that deciding fourth quarter against the Spartans?
I told about my dad traipsing home after a date, inebriated just enough so that when he saw a host of fireflies in a neighbour's hayfield he thought he was being haunted by the "will-o'-the-wisp." He ran the two miles back home at a dead run (Dad always had an overactive imagination).
Instead of pursuing the will-o'-the-wisp of Rice's "solid geopolitical foundations", Washington would be far better advised to withdraw from Iraq, engage diplomatically with Iran and devote itself - with will, fairness and consistency - to resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict before that suppurating sore, which has poisoned every relationship in the region, explodes in its face.
a group of people with a common characteristic or interest," but can it be fully achieved or is it merely a "will-o'-the-wisp"?