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Completely bizarre, illogical, or fantastic:‘this Alice-in-Wonderland economic system’
- ‘The Government decides to play Alice-in-Wonderland croquet with its humanitarian obligations.’
- ‘When we started the Web site two years ago, it was an Alice-in-Wonderland thing.’
- ‘In one telegram, I describe the Alice-in-Wonderland quality of a meeting with him in which I tried to persuade him to cleanse the security forces of their worst offenders.’
- ‘Then there's the serene, green, Charlotte Lake where we once spent a long, Alice-in-Wonderland, afternoon.’
- ‘They do have the right Alice-in-Wonderland perspective, the naive good sense that frames the irrationalities around them.’
- ‘It's Alice-in-Wonderland territory, as Old Right parties and pundits everywhere disintegrate under the inherent contradictions that always existed between social conservatism and economic radicalism.’
- ‘I suppose that this shows up how physical, Newtonian stuff can lead you quite logically to the Alice-in-Wonderland world of relativity and quantum physics.’
- ‘It could be symbolic of the Alice-in-Wonderland feeling of this conference, where the future of the world trading system is being decided in a country that is itself poised between two worlds of development.’
- ‘The proponents of today's Alice-in-Wonderland global economy, however, wanted the Federal Trade Commission to proclaim that ‘Made in the USA’ could also mean ‘Not Made in the USA.’’
- ‘What an Alice-in-Wonderland world we inhabit.’
- ‘In the best Alice-in-Wonderland tradition of Korean chaebol, the company has big, big expansion plans for the immediate future.’
- ‘She did not consider investigating abnormal psychology, where she would find many similar cases of Alice-in-Wonderland voyagers.’
- ‘The legislature are apparently willing to collaborate with the governor in his Alice-in-Wonderland venture in linguistic manipulation, all of course for the public good.’
- ‘Her meticulously detailed and fanciful descriptions of ordinary ingredients transported me to an Alice-in-Wonderland tea-party reverie.’
- ‘The race for rankings has an Alice-in-Wonderland quality about it: everybody is running as fast as they can to stay in the same place-and they spend an awful lot of resources to achieve this stagnant outcome.’
- ‘If I want to go into the underpaid, Alice-in-Wonderland world of academic teaching and research, a PhD is vital.’
- ‘Nate peers at the ground beyond his magnifying glass, the portal to this Alice-in-Wonderland world.’
- ‘Those who still cling to the Alice-in-Wonderland fantasy that there's nothing really wrong with our system need to meet Alexandra and Hannah Wallin.’
- ‘But, in this Alice-in-Wonderland world, that was entirely consistent and honourable.’
- ‘That's the mark of a dictatorship, not a democracy, and a particularly Alice-in-Wonderland kind of place at that.’
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