Alice-in-Wonderland love

Alice-in-Wonderland

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Illusory; unreal: "One wonders if historians . . . are caught up in an Alice-in-Wonderland world of their own making” ( Zara Steiner).

Etymologies

Short for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, fantasy novel by Lewis Carroll.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But in fact, the court created yet another gaping hole in the Miranda doctrine - this one backed by what can be described as Alice-in-Wonderland logic.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • This enables Alice-in-Wonderland filings at the FEC where a $1 million ad buy is magically supplied by no listed donors.

    Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: The Apocryphal Midterm Election

  • "Congress should not be permitted to secure and cast politically difficult votes on controversial legislation by deliberately calling something one thing, after which the defenders of that legislation take an" Alice-in-Wonderland "tack and argue in court that Congress really meant something else entirely, thereby circumventing the safeguard that exists to keep their broad power in check," he wrote.

    Pot, Meet Kettle

  • That's an odd word to use for policies that most Americans oppose, like cutting Social Security or allowing bankers to enrich themselves by endangering the economy, but theirs is an Alice-in-Wonderland world.

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: A President's Choice: Resist Wall Street's 'Shock Doctrine' or Keep Listening to the Usual Suspects

  • Instead, investors are again left in the Alice-in-Wonderland realm of having to read between Fed distortions to guess what the real value of different assets should be.

    Fed Tips Inflation Expectations

  • Such an Alice-in-Wonderland position could exist only under the firm umbrella of the U.S. alliance.

    Defense Boost Ends Tokyo Drift

  • As we drive past a giant Alice-in-Wonderland teapot built in front of the al Fateh Grand Mosque, the sun begins a fiery descent into the sea across the bay.

    Richard Bangs: Bahrain: Once Was Paradise, Part 2

  • The Alice-in-Wonderland plan is based on greatly exaggerated ridership projections, hallucinatory promises of billions in private investment pouring into the system, and the expectation that the now-canceled federal high-speed rail program will magically provide many billions more.

    California's High-Speed Rail Fibs

  • But in Washington, Trumka said, "an Alice-in-Wonderland political climate" has taken hold.

    AFL-CIO's Trumka calls for focus on job creation

  • But here in Washington, we live in an Alice-in-Wonderland political climate.

    Richard Trumka: America's Choices

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