British A pleasant thing which is often promised but rarely materializes: a promise of jam tomorrow wasn’t enough to satisfy them
[phrase from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass (1871)]
More example sentences
- Policy holders want cash today, not the promise of jam tomorrow, and if people don't appreciate that then they are out of touch.
- He should realise that promises of jam tomorrow are not helping shopkeepers in his area to swallow difficulties forced on them by the loss of parking spaces.
- Unfortunately, in the case of human and civil rights, promises of jam tomorrow are simply not good enough.