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always chasing rainbows

tending to look for something (more) exciting and (more) rewarding but without realistic expectations. He can't seem to settle down and enjoy life. He's always chasing rainbows.
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chasing rainbows

trying to achieve something that is not possible or practical He wanted to go into show business, but friends told him to quit chasing rainbows.
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chase rainbows

to waste your time trying to get or achieve something impossible (usually in continuous tenses) I don't think my parents ever believed I'd make it as an actor. I think they thought I was just chasing rainbows.
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rainbow

n. a bowlegged person. (Also a rude term of address.) Ask that rainbow if he has to have special trousers made.
References in classic literature ?
Every morning she placed a large basin full of water on her window-sill, and as soon as the sun's rays fell on the water the Rainbow appeared as clearly as it had ever done in the fountain.
One day Prince Rainbow appeared in the depths of woe.
It was the only chance of seeing her lover before they were separated, and she did not hesitate to break the bottle and pour their contents into the basin, when the Rainbow appeared at once.
They were not allowed much time for their adieus; the Rainbow vanished, and the Princess, resolved to run all risks, started off at once, taking nothing with her but her dog, her cat, a sprig of myrtle, and the stone which the wife of Locrinos gave her.
In the midst of this room stood a couch, draped with curtains of all the colours of the rainbow, and suspended by golden cords so that it swayed with the Castle in a manner which rocked its occupant delightfully to sleep.
On this elegant couch lay Prince Rainbow, looking more beautiful than ever, and sunk in profound slumber, in which he had been held ever since his disappearance.
The wedding was celebrated without delay, and succeeding years diminished neither the virtues, beauty, nor the mutual affection of King Rainbow and his Queen, Fairer-than-a-Fairy.
Why, I think even Aunt Polly'd get so glad she couldn't help banging doors if she lived in a rainbow like that.
The Forest Service needs the Rainbows to have leaders.
The Rainbow Guide, the "unofficial" Rainbow handbook distributed free at the Gathering, lists the names and addresses of 24 individuals and organizations that call themselves focalizers, and about 400 more who readily admit to being Rainbows.
The brilliant, multicolored arc of a rainbow represents the combined effect of reflections within innumerable raindrops.
Any rainbow colors produced by oscillating drops are in effect washed out.
How else could area rainbows prevail in such inhospitable conditions - dry, hot summers that raise water temperatures in excess of 80 degrees, often lethal to other rainbows, and long periods of drought that require them to adapt to the stagnated waters of the deepest pools - Edmondson asked?
What about the fact that some regional rainbows don't sport parr marks?
And Peggy Stabile with Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in Santa Clarita said she was surprised to hear that local residents actually knew that the rainbow was a symbol for the gay community.