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always chasing rainbows

Constantly pursuing something more appealing than what one currently has—no matter how unrealistic it is. You can't be always chasing rainbows your whole life—you need to pick a stable career and start being an adult. You won't find a better girlfriend than Tia. Why are you always chasing rainbows?
See also: always, chase, rainbow

chase rainbows

To constantly pursue things that are unrealistic or unlikely to happen. You can't chase rainbows your whole life—you need to pick a stable career and start being an adult.
See also: chase, rainbow

chasing rainbows

Constantly pursuing things that are unrealistic or unlikely to happen. You can't always be chasing rainbows your whole life—you need to pick a stable career and start being an adult.
See also: chase, rainbow

at the end of the rainbow

Said of something that is appealing but seemingly illusive or very hard to obtain. Yeah, I highly doubt you're going to find a raise at the end of the rainbow when you meet with your boss today.
See also: end, of, rainbow

be chasing rainbows

To be constantly pursuing things that are unrealistic or unlikely to happen. You can't always be chasing rainbows your whole life—you need to pick a stable career and start being an adult.
See also: chase, rainbow

the end of the rainbow

That which is greatly desired but is exceptionally difficult or elusive to achieve or obtain. I spent my whole college life thinking a cushy job like this was the end of the rainbow, but now that I have it, I'm feeling fairly disenchanted. After such a long legal battle, we're just happy to know that there will be a bit of closure at the end of the rainbow.
See also: end, of, rainbow

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.
See also: always, chase, rainbow

the end of the rainbow

If you say that something is the end of the rainbow, you mean that it is something that you would very much like to get or achieve it, although in reality this will be very difficult. For all these teams, Wembley was the elusive prize, the end of the rainbow. Note: You can also say that something is at the end of the rainbow. There's a great big prize at the end of the rainbow and we both want it. Compare with a pot of gold. Note: There is an old legend that a pot of gold is buried at the point where the end of the rainbow meets the ground.
See also: end, of, rainbow

be chasing rainbows

If someone is chasing rainbows, they are wasting their time by trying to get something which they can never have. My teachers told me I'd never make it as an actor and that I was just chasing rainbows
See also: chase, rainbow

at the end of the rainbow

used to refer to something much sought after but impossible to attain.
This phrase refers to the story of a crock of gold supposedly to be found by anyone who succeeds in reaching the end of a rainbow.
See also: end, of, rainbow

chase rainbows (or a rainbow)

pursue an illusory goal.
See also: chase, rainbow

rainbow

n. a bowlegged person. (Also a rude term of address.) Ask that rainbow if he has to have special trousers made.
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While the kitchens provided most of the food themselves, the Rainbows also organized a "magic hat" parade, a small band of still more volunteers that tramped around the circle singing the magic hat song while everyone but the Drainbows donated what they could to the cause.
While the Rainbows do an impressive job of guiding their anarchic community through the various hardships of living outdoors, the going isn't always smooth.
The large circle included scores of Rainbows displaying everything from beads and handmade crafts to psychedelic mushrooms and rolling papers.
Rainbows discourage its use but established the enclave because some members are alcoholics and can't go long without a drink.
The Rainbows also had occasional problems dealing with the mass of people crowding the paths.
Its tactics included aerial flyovers, mounted patrols through the Gathering, increased state and local patrols on area roads, and, as mentioned, citing a few Rainbows for failing to sign the required permit.
The permit procedure is free, Feist said, and the decision to grant it or not is in no way based on the cultural or religious views of the people applying--indeed, Feist adds, the Forest Service considers large groups such as the Rainbows an "appropriate use.
He also rejected the possibility that the Rainbows could work with the Forest Service to select a more environmentally acceptable site but still refuse to sign a permit on constitutional grounds.
I went to the main council at the gathering for the first time since 1992 this year," said Barry "Plunker" Adams, a 55-year-old migrant ranch hand and one of the three Rainbows charged this year for gathering without a permit.
On the other hand, the Rainbows proudly display the final impact studies conducted by the Forest Service after each Gathering.
When you dip your lines into area creeks and rivers you may just be luring a new subspecies of trout, a rainbow that has broken from the evolutionary ladder and formed aseparate, distinctive lineage.
Brilliant red pigmentation over the lateral line (how the rainbow get its moniker), heavily spotted from tip to tail, red and white patterns on the leading edges of the lower fins and those gorgeous parr marks.
Closer inspection reveals that the local rainbow has a paler abdomen and is more uniformly spotted than the golden, with its remarkable red or yellow belly.
These much-forgotten Southern California rainbow trout have learned to establish a niche that only they can survive and prosper in," he said.