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mirage

noun [C] uk   /mɪˈrɑːʒ/ us  
an image, produced by very hot air, of something that seems to be far away but does not really existHot and heatSultriness and humidity literary a hope or wish that has no chance of being achieved: Electoral victory is just a distant mirage.Unreal things and unreality
(Definition of mirage from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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