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will-o'-the-wisp

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See ignis fatuus.
  • n. A delusive or misleading hope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of will o' the wisp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See ignis fatuus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The ignis fatuus; hence, any person or thing that deludes or misleads by dazzling, visionary, or evanescent appearances. Also will-in-the-wisp, will-with-a-wisp, and Jack o' lantern.
  • n. A common fresh-water alga, Nostoc commune: so named from its sudden and seemingly mysterious appearance. See Nostoc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground
  • n. an illusion that misleads

Etymologies

From the name Will (nickname for William).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • That is, the media have been chasing a will-o'-the-wisp for the better part of a year, whipping car buyers and Congress into a frenzy.

    Why Didn't the Media Do a Better Job on Toyota

  • The audience is shivering, and that's not just down to Warpaint's eldritch, will-o'-the-wisp music.

    Warpaint; Rumer – review

  • Dim will-o'-the-wisp glows came from the warm globes of the street lamps overhead.

    A Corridor in the Asylum

  • A torch light, erratic as a will-o'-the-wisp, was weaving towards him from the direction of the Grange.

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • I may be on the trail in this matter, or I may be following a will-o'-the-wisp, but I shall soon know which it is.

    Sole Music

  • The other man of the hour at the time, former Speaker Newt Gingrich was a will-o'-the-wisp compared to Limbaugh and his staying power.

    Jamie Stiehm: They Won't Play Ball With the New Boy

  • Without their steady stream of oil money to keep will-o'-the-wisp economies from sinking into the bog, they are in serious trouble.

    Ashley Rindsberg: American Respite

  • People are "pursuing a will-o'-the-wisp if they think by just letting the dollar slide enough, the trade balance will turn around," says Ronald McKinnon,

    Weak Dollar Meets

  • Pauline cringes at the heartache Chick inflicted as a demanding child, obnoxious teen and brusque, oblivious adult chasing the will-o'-the-wisp of a baseball career.

    Book ~ "For One More Day" - Mitch Albom (2006)

  • The town has mown an access path into a portion of the undiscovered country, and the fragrance of the mown grass-turning-into-hay, along with clover and bedstraw/madder, and the wild roses, well, it's better than will-o'-the-wisp or the pied piper's flute for calling you to come on in, come on in...

    pied piper, infinity

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