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airy-fairy

  (British informal)
not practical or not useful in real situations She's talking about selling her house and buying an old castle in Ireland. It all sounds a bit airy-fairy to me.

airy-fairy

mod. insubstantial; of wishful thinking. I don’t care to hear any more of your airy-fairy ideas.
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Although you might think working with the spirit world is a bit airy-fairy, John works hard to make it all a bit more tangible and relevant to our everyday lives.
It proves, as does the Evo 10 that there will always be a market, no matter what the airy-fairy perceived correctness of the day or running costs, for faster pulses.
JIM SMITH criticised Oxford for an airy-fairy display in the 3-1 loss at Droylsden on Saturday but it could be the suspect defending of Torquay that influences the result of tonight's Blue Square Premier clash at the Kassam Stadium.
You can't play airy-fairy rugby at international level, there must be a degree of purpose.
So now the airwaves and websites are filled with airy-fairy statements followed by "rapid rebuttals'.
This isn't about some airy-fairy notion of Earth worship, one-world utopianism or Galanter and her pals' latest nitwit PC cause.
IN a world where too much of what we hear is a load of old flim-flam, politically correct airy-fairy nonsense signifying nothing, there seems just one bunch of straight talkers left to rely upon - the 50-plus woman.
But far from being an airy-fairy 'arts' subject, there was something logical about languages which I adored - declensions, conjugations, irregular verbs - the whole thing is all dictated by strict rules, which appealed to me almost as much as the speaking itself.
Addressing what he called "the suspicion that all this is a bit airy-fairy and impractical" he recognised that it was impossible to "capture happiness on a spread-sheet".
There is no comparison between that and the airy-fairy, pitiable nonsense that his fortnight in a holiday camp represents.
Welsh fly-half Stephen Jones' response in particular should be commended as the Clermont Auvergne No 10 used some hard-nosed tactical nous against the Springboks instead of that airy-fairy stuff he showed in our mauling by the Kiwis.
It was an innings which started in similar fashion to Australia's first, with openers Justin Langer and Matt Hayden getting rapped on the pads and waving their bats in airy-fairy fashion.
Central to all the airy-fairy talk of centres for rural excellence (pardon?
He said: ``Parent planning has been talked about since the 70s and 80s and this prototype seems a little bit airy-fairy and insubstantial.