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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Tiel, the expert on such matters, suspects will-o'-the-wisps; Abby thinks that a splinter of lightning lives inside Shasta, trying to get back to the sky.
The circulation of names and artworks and overpoliced critical shibboleths (see Texte zur Kunst's recent "Short Guide" for choice examples) that elsewhere engulfed art in a fog of values, cynical or otherwise, fell gracefully away from the literary will-o'-the-wisps I followed for relief.
'The Mabbot Street entrance of nighttown, before which stretches an uncobbled transiding set with skeleton tracks, red and green will-o'-the-wisps and danger signals.