cloud-cuckoo land

cloud-cuckoo land

A state or realm of unrealistic and idealized fancy, beyond the realms of possibility. Often preceded by "live/be in." He's always got some harebrained schemes on how to fix the world, all of them right out of cloud-cuckoo land! If Tom thinks he'll be able to live off his bad poetry, he's living in cloud-cuckoo land!
See also: land

cloud-cuckoo land

An idealized mythical domain, as in That idea about flying cars is straight out of cloud-cuckoo land. This expression originated as a translation from the Greek of Aristophanes' play The Birds, where it signifies the realm built by the birds to separate the gods from humankind. It came into use in the 1820s. During the 19th century it began to be used for a place of wildly fanciful dreams, unrealistic expectations, or the like, and it also acquired the connotation of "crazy" (from cuckoo, slang for "crazy" since about 1900). Also see la-la land; never-never land.
See also: land

cuckoo

verb

Cloud Cuckoo Land

A nonexistent place of perfection, a utopia. This phrase comes from The Birds by the Greek dramatist Aristophanes, in which the birds decide to build a perfect city called Cloud Cuckoo City. Over the years “City” became “Land.”
See also: cloud, cuckoo, land
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IS Adam Johannes living in cloud-cuckoo land (Feedback, October 2)?
SCOTTISH separatists are in cloud-cuckoo land if they think they can have the benefits of Britain without living here.
SIR - Mark Hoban, Minister for Employment, ("Getting off benefits and into work is transforming lives", Nov 7) is living in cloud-cuckoo land if he thinks that the disenfranchised disabled are given any support.
IF we are looking for someone of unblemished character to captain England we're in cloud-cuckoo land.
Thank goodness Mr Long - who together with Mark Brittain appears to be believing in some strange form of cloud-cuckoo land - is not responsible for Britain's foreign and defence policies.
If Billy Direct (Chatroom, Thursday) believes today's racing is more corrupt than some years ago, I have to suggest he is living in cloud-cuckoo land.
Some recent translations have not translated it as such, but cloud-cuckoo land is the only way to do it, really.
I do believe that union leaders live in cloud-cuckoo land.
You're living in cloud-cuckoo land if you think this relationship will ever get your friend's blessing.
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GEORGE Osborne lives in cloud-cuckoo land if he really believes the wheezing British economy has turned a corner.
MARK JAMES, Europe's Ryder Cup skipper, claims American golfers demanding payment for playing in next month's clash at Brookline, Boston, are "living in cloud-cuckoo land.
Not for the first time do I suspect that Tracie (right) is living in cloud-cuckoo land.