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cloud cuckoo land

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Definition of cloud cuckoo land in English:

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
More example sentences
  • 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 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.

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'.

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