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airy-fairy

Insubstantial or impractical; wishful, fanciful, and unrealistic. My mom always had these airy-fairy ideas of us all traveling around the world, but we never had enough money for it. I don't think you've thought through the logistics of implementing such an airy-fairy scheme.

airy-fairy

mod. insubstantial; of wishful thinking. I don’t care to hear any more of your airy-fairy ideas.
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As for his airy-fairy statement that the area is finally beginning to pick up, does he honestly think us Teesiders are a load of mugs?
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Who do the writers of these airy-fairy ideas think they are kidding?
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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.
We cannot have any prima donna, airy-fairy, slip-shod rugby.
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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.
Dame Rosemary Butler has unfortunately fallen into the typical Assembly mode of not giving sufficient thought to analysis but has accepted airy-fairy figures as fact.
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.
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