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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

be in cloud-cuckoo land

To believe in or be absorbed by unrealistic, idealized, and/or fanciful ideas that are beyond the realms of possibility. If Tom thinks he'll be able to live off his bad poetry, he's in cloud-cuckoo land!
See also: land

cuckoo in the nest

Someone in a group who is seen as different and ostracized by their peers. Since Sam always got good grades and never got in trouble, he was seen by his unruly peers as a cuckoo in the nest.
See also: cuckoo, nest

live in cloud-cuckoo land

To believe that unrealistic, idealized, and/or fanciful ideas will happen, when in fact they are beyond the realms of possibility. Tom thinks he'll be able to live off his bad poetry—he's living in cloud-cuckoo land if you ask me!
See also: land, live

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 in the nest

an unwelcome intruder in a place or situation.
The female cuckoo often lays its eggs in other birds' nests. Once hatched, the cuckoo fledgling pushes the other birds' fledglings out of the nest.
See also: cuckoo, nest

coo-coo

and cuckoo
1. mod. unconscious. I socked him on the snoot and knocked him coo-coo.
2. mod. insane. How did I ever get involved in this cuckoo scheme, anyway?

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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The cuckoo in this particular clock, incidentally, is an intricate automaton affair whose voice is controlled by a tiny leather bellows.
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The fun kicked off on Friday evening with a Catch the Cuckoo Walk organised by the National Trust and a folk night staged at Marsden British Legion by Black Joak Folk Club This was followed on Saturday by a variety of events in and around Marsden Mechanics Hall, including a duck race, children's rides, donkeys, an all-day craft fair, maypole and Morris dancing.
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In the past 26 years there has been one other sighting in Britain of this type of cuckoo, which is native to North America.
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Maybe the cuckoos know something that the South East have not yet discovered.
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Chicks of the great spotted cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) don't directly kill chicks of the carrion crows (Corvus corone corone), so the crow parents have a chance of producing their own offspring.
The western yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus occidentalis) is a riparian obligate subspecies with declining populations in the western United States.
The western yellow-billed cuckoo, a bird subspecies whose populations have verged on extinction in the western United States, is again up for consideration for special protections under the Endangered Species Act - and the proposal has some farmers and ranchers worried for their livelihoods.
The elusive cuckoo used to be common and widespread across Britain but numbers have plummeted, especially in the south and east.
These are tough times, and the trouble with the cuckoo is that he's a bit of a sponger.
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