Cloud Cuckoo Land


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cloud-cuckoo land

A state or realm of unrealistic and idealized fancy, beyond the realms of possibility. Often preceded by "live/be in." He's always got some harebrained schemes on how to fix the world, all of them right out of cloud-cuckoo land! If Tom thinks he'll be able to live off his bad poetry, he's living in cloud-cuckoo land!
See also: land

Cloud Cuckoo Land

A nonexistent place of perfection, a utopia. This phrase comes from The Birds by the Greek dramatist Aristophanes, in which the birds decide to build a perfect city called Cloud Cuckoo City. Over the years “City” became “Land.”
See also: cloud, cuckoo, land
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Of course he''s right, I''m in cloud cuckoo land when I watch the huge transporters taking Nissan cars made in Sunderland out from the Tyne to our customers in Europe.
but Mr Davies' views are ludicrous and appear to emanate from some strange version of Cloud Cuckoo Land.
What sort of cloud cuckoo land do these legal eagles live in?
He's in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks there is any chance of this happening
IF David Cameron, who looks like the Tories' best hope since Maggie Thatcher, thinks he's going to get away with not saying whether or not he took Class A drugs at university he's living in cloud cuckoo land.
Expecting him to twirl regularly round your flat, duster in hand and pinny around waist, is occupying cloud cuckoo land.
Anyone who believes terrorist plots can always be foiled is living in cloud cuckoo land, the head of MI5 said yesterday.
She is, with the greatest respect, living in cloud cuckoo land.
In that time the core support for the football club has dwindled and the owners are in cloud cuckoo land if they believe they can resurrect it.
Jack, you live in cloud cuckoo land if you believe the EU benefits us.
A CLOUD cuckoo land comes from the play The Birds, written in 540 BC by the Greek playwright Aristophanes.
She said: "Anyone who thinks the ANC will rule South Africa is living in cloud cuckoo land.
JOE Riley is in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks that tackling the problem of feet on seats, smoking and idiotic behaviour on our trains is best achieved by doing absolutely nothing.
It is about time we climbed out of cloud cuckoo land and started to cut our cloth accordingly.
Actors from a Teesside theatre group are in Cloud Cuckoo Land ahead of their new play called The Birds.