One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A state of absurdly over-optimistic fantasy.‘anyone who believes that the Bill will be effective is living in cloud cuckoo land’
dream, daydream, pipe dream, flight of fancy, fanciful notion, wish, wishful thinkingView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Anybody who says that isn't the case is living 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.’
- ‘We have made it clear before that politicians who promise to abolish testing and assessment are 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.’
- ‘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.’’
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’.
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