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build castles in Spain

To create dreams, hopes, or plans that are impossible, unrealistic, or have very little chance of succeeding. You need sound financial advice and a strong plan if you're going to start your own business—don't just build castles in Spain.
See also: build, castle, Spain

castles in Spain

Dreams, hopes, or plans that are impossible, unrealistic, or have very little chance of succeeding. He keeps talking about how he'll move to Los Angeles to be a famous actor, but it's just castles in Spain if you ask me. You need sound financial advice and a strong plan if you're going to start your own business—it can't be all castles in Spain.
See also: castle, Spain

build castles in the air

 and build castles in Spain
Fig. to daydream; to make plans that can never come true. Ann spends most of her time building castles in Spain. I really like to sit on the porch in the evening, just building castles in the air.
See also: air, build, castle

castles in the air

plans or hopes that have very little chance of happening She tells me she's planned out her whole career, but as far as I can see it's all just castles in the air. Before you start building castles in the air, just think how much all this is likely to cost.
See also: air, castle

castles in the air

Also, castles in Spain. Dreams about future success, as in Musing about the bestseller list, she was apt to build castles in the air. The first term dates from the late 1500s. The variant, castles in Spain (or chateaux en Espagne), was recorded in the Roman de la Rose in the 13th century and translated into English about 1365.
See also: air, castle
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Hence, the absence of one or more of these traits in the cultural development of a nation did not mean that the country had not experienced a Renaissance, as some European scholars with a limited knowledge of Spanish culture had often asserted regarding Spain.
Spain is the number one olive oil producer in the world, supplying a quarter of the world's olive crop.
Evidence of a chytrid fungus infection involved in the decline of the common midwife toad (Alytes obstetricans) in protected areas of central Spain.
Pares' second host family, Joe and Sherry Gibson and their two children, Jonathan, 15, and Stephanie, 6, not only welcomed Pares but also her mother, Carmen, when she came from Spain for a short visit with her daughter.
Interest in the Renaissance as a cultural rebirth waned during the first part of the nineteenth century when the predominant romantic interpretations of Spanish literature, generally written outside of Spain, stressed the originality, purity and spontaneity of the national creative genius as this manifested itself in the Middle Ages.
He will substantially strengthen Merrill Lynch's investment-banking capabilities in Spain where in recent years we have been successfully developing a significant presence.
Identification of tdh-positive Vibrio parahaemolyticus from an outbreak associated with raw oyster consumption in Spain.
It's bigger venues and a bigger budget,'' Spain said.
The usual suspects from Spain also failed miserably; Marc Gasol, who had 17 points in the first meeting, was contained to just 3 points on 1-of-7 shooting.
3 Definitions of Markets Covered in the Report 14 3 Cardiovascular Devices Market, Spain 31 3.
However, patient 2 spent 1 day in August in Zaragoza, Spain, during which an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the city affected 30 persons.
The total of all Latin America-bound remittances from Spain is $2.
Spain was one of the first to fall in line with EEC demands that all sparkling wine producers outside France's Champagne region cease calling their product by that name.
Spain has a wealth of great ingredients, and among the cuisine's hallmarks are "lots of smoky flavors, lots of Spanish olive oil, lots of almonds, garlic, parsley, paprika, saffron, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, lamb, a ton of fish (due to one of the longest coast lines in Europe) - lots of clams, shrimp, whole baked fish (like sea bass, turbot), beans, rice and potatoes.