castles in the air


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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
References in classic literature ?
They had evidently been building castles in the air, for Polly was saying in her most impressive manner, "Well, whatever you do, Will, don't have a great, costly church that takes so much money to build and support it that you have nothing to give away.
Many reckoned the handicapper had caught up with my selection by the end of last season - but Castles In The Air came good at Pontefract on his return last month.
Ridden by Paul Hanagan, Castles In The Air made short work of his opposition in a six-furlong handicap, beating the consistent Internationaldebut by two and three-quarter lengths.
The British Horseracing Authority official has stepped in with a hike of a further 8lb, but Castles In The Air still has more to give.
It's difficult to compare that form with Prime Exhibit's second in the Lincoln in the context of today's race, as Castles In The Air is stepping up in trip to 7f on good going, while Prime Exhibit is dropping down from 1m on soft ground.
25 Ascot Sporting (50:30: 20:10) 11-14 Mabait, 7-9 Oratory, Castles In The Air, 6-8 Prime Exhibit, 5-7 Crown Choice, 4-6 Dhaular Dhar, Big Noise, Signor Peltro, Kay Gee Bee, Advanced, 3-5 Street Power, Flipando, Splendorinthegrass, Manassas, Dunelight, Thebes, Huzzah, One Way Or Another, Marajaa, 2-4 Internationaldebut, Makaamen, Rileyskeepingfaith, Dandy Boy, 1-3 Golden Desert, Bravo Echo, Captain Macarry, Mirrored, Noble Citizen, Titan Triumph.