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  • n  a small tuft or lock
    wisps of hair
  • n  a small person
    a mere wisp of a girl
  • n  a small bundle of straw or hay
  • n  a flock of snipe

  • After the first wisp of smoke had appeared, signifying election of a new Pope, crowds streaming toward the historic square had snarled every street in Rome west of the Tiber.
  • As a result, my Internet access would vanish and reappear like a will-o'-the-wisp, even when I engaged OS X's excitingly named "interference robustness" feature.
  • At the end of August, a wisp of flame suddenly appeared in the Arctic twilight over the Barents Sea, bathing the low clouds over the Norwegian port of Hammerfest in a spectral extravaganza.

  • John Roberts in San Diego Union Tribune
    Ten years in jail is too much to hinge on the will-o'-the-wisp of statutory meaning pursued by the majority,Roberts said.
  • Brad Gooch in Baltimore Sun
    O'Connor's screen debut,Gooch writes, "exists in all its fragility in a Pathe film archive. ...... For all of four seconds, O'Connor, a self-possessed little girl, is glimpsed in glaring afternoon light, a wisp of curls peeking from...
  • Katha Pollitt in Daily Mail
    A teenager who saw this movie would feel like a moral failure for choosing abortion,says feminist commentator Katha Pollitt. "The mother in me winced at Juno, that wisp of a child-woman, going through pregnancy and childbirth."

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