cloud-cuckoo-land

N-UNCOUNT: also a N (disapproval)
If you say that someone is living in cloud-cuckoo-land, you are criticizing them because they think there are no problems and that things will happen exactly as they want them to, when this is obviously not the case. [mainly BRIT]

I think that if you expect industry to comply with the spirit of the regulations then you're living in cloud-cuckoo-land.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • cloud-cuckoo-land — 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. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cloud-cuckoo-land — cloud cuckoo ,land noun someone is (living) in cloud cuckoo land INFORMAL used for saying that someone is silly if they believe that there are no problems in a situation …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cloud cuckoo land — If someone has ideas or plans that are completely unrealistic, they are living on cloud cuckoo land …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • cloud cuckoo land — ► NOUN ▪ a state of unrealistic or absurdly over optimistic fantasy. ORIGIN translation of Greek Nephelokokkugia, the name of a city built by the birds in Aristophanes comedy Birds, from nephel cloud + kokkux cuckoo …   English terms dictionary

  • cloud-cuckoo-land — [kloud΄ko͞o′ko͞o land΄] n. a place or condition that is fanciful, lacking in reality, impractically utopian, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Cloud Cuckoo Land — Imaginary city built in air, translating Aristophanes Nephelokokkygia in The Birds (414 B.C.E.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Cloud cuckoo land — For the album by Lightning Seeds, see Cloudcuckooland (album). Cloud Cuckoo Land refers to an unrealistically idealistic state where everything is perfect. ( You re living in Cloud Cuckoo Land. ) It hints that the person referred to is naïve,… …   Wikipedia

  • cloud cuckoo land —    If someone has ideas or plans that are completely unrealistic, they are living on cloud cuckoo land.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    This expression refers to an imaginary unrealistic place where everything is perfect and impossible… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • cloud-cuckoo-land — /klowd kooh kooh land , kook ooh /, n. an idealized, illusory domain of imagination; cloudland: the cloud cuckoo land of technicolor cartoon whimsy. [1815 25; trans. of Gk Nephelokokkygía, the realm which separates the gods from mankind in… …   Universalium

  • cloud-cuckoo-land — UK / US noun someone is (living) in cloud cuckoo land informal used for saying that someone is silly if they believe that there are no problems in a situation …   English dictionary

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