Definition of cloud cuckoo land in English:

cloud cuckoo land

noun

mass noun
  • A state of absurdly over-optimistic fantasy.

    ‘anyone who believes that the Bill will be effective is living in cloud cuckoo land’
    • ‘We have made it clear before that politicians who promise to abolish testing and assessment are living in cloud cuckoo land.’
    • ‘They are living in cloud cuckoo land if they think they can transform the ugly concrete monstrosity into desirable homes.’
    • ‘I agree with him, let us get some ‘real’ people back in charge, not those in cloud cuckoo land.’
    • ‘There will be no going back to year zero of this process - and anyone who thinks we can go back is living in cloud cuckoo land.’
    • ‘We've got the hardest drinking youngsters in Europe and anyone who doesn't think that's storing up immense trouble for the future is living in cloud cuckoo land.’
    • ‘And if anyone thinks the new leader is going to be different they're living in cloud cuckoo land.’
    • ‘He warned: ‘We are in cloud cuckoo land if we think we are going to create overnight a police force that is accountable to the population.’’
    • ‘Anybody who says that isn't the case is living in cloud cuckoo land.’
    • ‘It would be a huge step back to the past and anyone who thinks otherwise is living in cloud cuckoo land.’
    • ‘Any politician who thinks last weekend's results are a bolt from the blue has been living in cloud cuckoo land.’
    dream, daydream, pipe dream, flight of fancy, fanciful notion, wish, wishful thinking
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Origin

Late 19th century: translation of Greek Nephelokokkugia, the name of the city built by the birds in Aristophanes' comedy Birds, from nephelē ‘cloud’ + kokkux ‘cuckoo’.

Pronunciation

cloud cuckoo land