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cloud-cuckoo-land

Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An imaginary place where silly or unrealistic people metaphorically reside.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an imaginary place where fantasy and illusion predominate; it is a place where you say people are when they seem optimistically out of touch with reality.

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

  • n. an imaginary place where you say people are when they seem optimistically out of touch with reality

Etymologies

Translating Ancient Greek Νεφελοκοκκυγία (Nephelokokkugia), in Aristophanes. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What Masnick spectacularly fails to see is that even if this were true, even if copyright legislation became so wildly draconian, in the cloud-cuckoo-land of an imagined future, as to render all new creative work open to challenge, all those existing in-copyright works they were purportedly plagiarising would be themselves contestable.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • The evocation of the deadly cloud-cuckoo-land of Russia during Stalin's final days will remind many of Gorky Park and Darkness at Noon, but the novel remains Smith's alone, completely original and absolutely satisfying.

    Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith: Book summary

  • In the cloud-cuckoo-land of the market fundamentalist, the MBA-wielding businesswomen pursue their own self-interest and, through the magic of the market, manage to do good by doing well.

    John Feffer: The Fallacy of the Talented Tenth

  • He was big and he was strong, but he had never seen anything like the sledgehammer left hook that sent him to cloud-cuckoo-land.

    Come Again No More

  • (To hold up perfection as a standard is to live in cloud-cuckoo-land.)

    Speculation On Why Harper Has Sent Us To Polls « Unambiguously Ambidextrous

  • Scots must be singularly stupid if they are taken in by this sort of patronising cloud-cuckoo-land hogwash.

    Archive 2008-02-03

  • He did not force Gore to debate a crackpot from cloud-cuckoo-land who is still waiting for the evidence to arrive about human sources of radical climate change.

    Todd Gitlin: Sunday Watch 7-20-08

  • As Jessica Mitford described it in her classic accusation of a book, "The American Way of Death," the end of life has become a "grotesque cloud-cuckoo-land where the trappings of Gracious Living are transformed, as in a nightmare, into the trappings of Gracious Dying."

    Leg Waxing And Life Everlasting

  • Why, it would not even surprise me to find my own memoirs classified as fiction, myself relegated to cloud-cuckoo-land.

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice

  • To the despair of the Europhiles, who inhabit their own cloud-cuckoo-land of idealism, it is sentiments like this, amongst ordinary people, which I believe are eventually going to bring the "project" down.

    Losing faith in Europe

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