will o' the wisp

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Etymology[edit]

from Will (male given name) + of the + wisp (bundle of straw or hay used as a torch)[1]

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will o' the wisp (plural will o' the wisps)

  1. (idiomatic, British folklore) A strange light that attracts travellers from pathways into dangerous marshes or graveyards.
  2. (idiomatic) A delusional or otherwise unobtainable goal that one feels compelled to pursue.

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  1. ^ Etymonline

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