Definition of never-never land in English:

never-never land

noun

  • An imaginary utopian place or situation.

    ‘a never-never land of unreal prices and easy bank loans’
    • ‘And maybe, just maybe, there will be another opportunity soon for Scottish fans to reacquaint themselves with that never-never land in which the game's historic dramas forever unfold on our doorstep.’
    • ‘Those two jokers may be happy in their never-never land, but it's time they recognised reality.’
    • ‘By seamlessly combining and intertwining aspects of modern and original Yuan dynasty period clothing, Chen has created a visually stunning never-never land in which the bizarre costumes supplement the already farcical performance.’
    • ‘A contrary ‘manifesto’ is here presented: the job of social anthropology is to explain actual historical societies, and one cannot simply appropriate the subject so that it now becomes about a kind of never-never land.’
    • ‘Finally, this is all set in the most astonishingly beautiful never-never land of palatial bourgeois interiors of great beauty, but cold as death and utterly unlivable.’
    • ‘Her mind usually wandered off to never-never land before she started to read.’
    • ‘It may be intended not as description of a never-never land, but as prescription of an order that any society should uphold.’
    • ‘While most of his songs work through classic folk narratives, Gaughan doesn't believe in some mythical mist-soaked never-never land.’
    • ‘Yet those searching for something a little less esoteric will find sanctuary on the jazz-influenced ‘Danse Macabre’ - a chilled mind-enveloping journey into never-never land with equally eerie vocal ad-libs.’
    • ‘Music becomes a means of materializing new spaces, producing the future, not as some distant never-never land, but in place of today.’
    • ‘The songs are shot full of mythic characters and situations, forever harking back to some never-never land long since gone, be it lost love, lost childhood or lost liberty.’
    • ‘It sounded like someone from never-never land handing out advice.’
    • ‘The venerable Disneyland Hotel has transformed much of its outdoor space into a never-never land with a pirate ship, a mermaid lagoon, and tropical landscaping.’
    • ‘By tolerating your man's immaturity, you've been helping him continue living in never-never land.’
    • ‘In this never-never land, companies don't actually make anything, the trade is more important than the commodity, government is just another service to be bought, and CEOs rewrite all the rules as they go - everyone else be damned.’
    • ‘Ironically, however, although death is present in each of these novels, only in Pyle's never-never land and in Trease's early novel, where we never see him as a youth, does Robin Hood himself die.’
    • ‘I praise the aspirations of the girls I have just met and say that it is heartening to hear that they are reaching for professions rather than the never-never land of pop and modelling fame.’
    • ‘Investors inhabited a never-never land when considering their prospects.’
    • ‘The road tax, we are told, pays for the central government's road programme, the rest goes to the funding of the never-never land known as the welfare state.’
    • ‘Fascinatingly, in its lovely scenery and glamorous costumes by Yolanda Sonnabend, instead of placing the ballet in some Gothic never-never land, this version plonks it down in a Ruritanian Russia around, yes, 1895!’
    the land of make-believe, fairyland, world of fantasy, cloud cuckoo land
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Origin

Early 20th century: often with allusion to the ideal country in J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan.

Pronunciation

never-never land