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away with the fairies

A bit crazy. I can't follow what your mom is talking about—it's like she's away with the fairies all of a sudden.
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fairy godmother

1. In children's fairy tales, a woman with magical powers who appears in order to help others in their time of need. Cinderella's fairy godmother helped her get ready for the ball so she could meet Prince Charming.
2. Someone who helps others with their problems, usually providing financial assistance. Thank you so much for helping me with my car repair bill! You are my fairy godmother.
See also: fairy, godmother

be away with the fairies

To be a bit crazy. I can't follow what your mom is talking about—it's like she's away with the fairies all of a sudden.
See also: away, fairy

fairy godmother

someone who helps you solve your problems These children, sent to school without lunch or lunch money and sometimes without shoes, were in need of a fairy godmother. If a fairy godmother offered most editors a single wish, it would probably be the ability to predict sales.
Etymology: based on a character in a fairy tale (traditional story) who uses magic to help people
See also: fairy, godmother

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.

be away with the fairies

  (humorous)
to be slightly mad It's no good asking her to look after the children - she's away with the fairies most of the time.
See also: away, fairy

a fairy godmother

someone who helps you solve your problems, usually by giving you money
Usage notes: In children's stories, a fairy godmother is a woman with magic powers who helps someone who is in trouble.
A local company acted as fairy godmother to the theatre by giving a £1 million donation.
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fairy godmother

A generous benefactor, as in An anonymous fairy godmother donated the money for the new organ. This expression alludes to a stock character in fairy tales such as Cinderella, who gives unexpected and much needed assistance. [Late 1800s]
See also: fairy, godmother

tooth fairy

A mythical source of bounty, as in So who will finance this venture-the tooth fairy? This expression refers to the fairy credited with leaving money under a child's pillow in place of a baby tooth that has fallen out, a practice popular with American parents since the first half of the 1900s.
See also: fairy, tooth

airy-fairy

mod. insubstantial; of wishful thinking. I don’t care to hear any more of your airy-fairy ideas.

fairy

n. a male homosexual. (Rude and derogatory.) Bob got fired for calling Bill a fairy.

fairy tale

and bedtime story
n. a simplistic and condescending explanation for something; a lie. I don’t want to hear a fairy tale, just the facts, ma’am. I’ve already heard your little bedtime story. You’ll have to do better than that!
See also: fairy, tale
References in classic literature ?
Here, before the closed doors, stood many forms with dark faces and harsh, discordant voices, who sternly asked the shivering little Fairy why she came to them.
The flowers, as if they knew their part, unfolded their bright leaves, and poured forth their sweetest perfume, as, kneeling at the throne, the brave little Fairy said,--
They always leave off chirping when a Fairy goes by--because a Fairy's a kind of queen over them, I suppose--at all events it's a much grander thing than a cricket--so whenever you're walking out, and the crickets suddenly leave off chirping, you may be sure that they see a Fairy.
I'll just go quietly on and look about me, and I shouldn't wonder if I were to come across another Fairy somewhere.
Then he fell on his knees before the fairy, and prayed her to give him back his dear Jorinda: but she laughed at him, and said he should never see her again; then she went her way.
At last he came to the chamber where the fairy sat, with the seven hundred birds singing in the seven hundred cages.
Peter could be exceeding polite also, having learned the grand manner at fairy ceremonies, and he rose and bowed to her beautifully.
And so," he went on good-naturedly, "there ought to be one fairy for every boy and girl.
The Fairy Basin, you remember, is all covered with ground-ivy (from which they make their castor-oil), with flowers growing in it here and there.
It is a very noticeable thing that, in fairy families, the youngest is always chief person, and usually becomes a prince or princess; and children remember this, and think it must be so among humans also, and that is why they are often made uneasy when they come upon their mother furtively putting new frills on the basinette.
You see the chance had come of seeing a fairy ball.
He was a street boy fairy who was running up the walk closing the weeping trees.
Now drink your tea," said the boy's mother; "then, perhaps, you may hear a fairy tale.
My mother says that all you look at can be turned into a fairy tale: and that you can find a story in everything.
The Fairy, who was waiting at the door of the house, lifted the poor little Marionette in her arms, took him to a dainty room with mother-of-pearl walls, put him to bed, and sent immediately for the most famous doctors of the neighborhood to come to her.