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Synonyms for will-o'-the-wisp

Synonyms for will-o'-the-wisp

a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground

an illusion that misleads

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An Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement is looking more like a will-o'-the-wisp as a cycle of retaliatory violence continues unabated.
Naming what distinguishes Catholic Christianity, then, might be chasing a will-o'-the-wisp.
And these days, courting the information professional has become a necessity for companies with business models that don't rely on the will-o'-the-wisp that is Internet advertising.
Life is a will-o'-the-wisp, a fortunate escape, grinding hardship for an evanescent reward--what avails, if terror retains the upper hand?
He must know which cave the elusive, whiskered, will-o'-the-wisp is hiding in and can alert our national security advisers.
A will-o'-the-wisp on her way to San Francisco, perchance, with that flower in her hair?
It seems in the realm of probability that he was searching for a will-o'-the-wisp while claiming to seek something else.
The non-well-foundedness he points to is, for Dummett, the flaw in Frege's execution of an inspired scheme, one that promised a noncircular warrant for accepting the core infinite ontologies of arithmetic and analysis; for Boolos, the non-well-foundedness is just what higher-order logic is like, and the ambition just mentioned a patent will-o'-the-wisp.
Unlike Grandin and Goldman, they are still unaware that it was their historical duty to pay the price that civilians always pay for irregular warfare, as sitting-duck surrogates for will-o'-the-wisp combatants.
explained that what we were seeing is called will-o'-the-wisp.
But van Tilborg is not so much interested in capturing that elusive will-o'-the-wisp as in doing justice to the character of the gospel as narrative, and biographical narrative, by employing a biographical code that focuses on the family constellation.
We can discern only the will-o'-the-wisp glow of the Milky Way's spiral arms.
PHOTO : Dara Birnbaum, Damnation of Faust: will-o'-the-wisp, 1985.
Pie-in-the-sky, will-o'-the-wisp estimates of fisheries values based on vague assumptions, and/or pious assertions that it is not possible to place a price tag on "priceless" fishery values, are not conducive to attracting longrange backing from decision makers in either industry or government.