flight of fancy

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flight of fancy

An imaginative but unrealistic idea. No one took his campaign for office seriously because his proposed solutions to problems were filled with flights of fancy.
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flight of fancy

an idea or suggestion that is out of touch with reality or possibility. What is the point in indulging in flights of fancy about exotic vacations when you cannot even afford the rent?
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flight of fancy

An unrealistic idea or fantastic notion, a pipe dream. For example, She engaged in flights of fancy, such as owning a million-dollar house. This idiom uses flight in the sense of "a soaring of the imagination," a usage dating from the mid-1600s.
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a flight of fancy

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a flight of fantasy

COMMON If you call an idea, statement, or plan a flight of fancy or a flight of fantasy, you mean that it is imaginative but not at all practical. This is no flight of fancy. The prototype is already flying, and production is to begin next year. The idea that you could use these satellites as weapons is a complete flight of fantasy.
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a ˌflight of ˈfancy

an idea or a statement that is very imaginative but not practical or sensible: The idea is not just a flight of fancy. It has been done before.
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References in classic literature ?
Flights of fancy gave place, in her mind, to a steady fireside glow, and I had already begun to perceive how, with the development of the conviction that--as time went on without a public accident-- our young things could, after all, look out for themselves, she addressed her greatest solicitude to the sad case presented by their instructress.
Historians, you think," said Miss Tilney, "are not happy in their flights of fancy.
In our wildest flights of fancy we had never pictured ourselves as guests at the witch's hearth-stone.
In one of those flights of fancy, not characteristic of her but tiresomely frequent this afternoon, she envisaged herself battered with rotten eggs upon a platform, from which Ralph vainly begged her to descend.
As someone who grew up there, it was a real honour and pleasure to review the venue's centenary production, Flights of Fancy.
Paul Merton @ Grand Theatre, Swansea (Wednesday) [bar] FOR the last two decades or more Paul Merton has been one of the most well-known faces on television courtesy of his lightning-fast wit and surreal flights of fancy (not to mention his incessant baiting of opposing team captain Ian Hislop) on Have I Got News For You?
It's hard to imagine the programme without her surreal wit, flights of fancy and uncontrollable giggles.
It is the time of year when transfer rumours run riot, but you can rest assured that our journalists will work hard to cut through the flights of fancy you will read elsewhere and concentrate on bringing you the genuine inside track.
IN criticising Mr Pinder's rather romantic flights of fancy, Mr Rumsby may be thought to err too much in the other direction.
The feature, which includes a launch pad in the library's main entrance, forms the main attraction to a week-long series of activities called Flights of Fancy.
In the same way that giddy has been extended in English to describe someone who is frivolous or foolish, Schwindler was extended to persons given to flights of fancy.
When it comes to looking after NHS patients, flights out of the UK must remain flights of fancy.
On the stand-up stage he takes flights of fancy that look unscripted yet are perfectly structured and timed.
Concepts can be anything from almost production-ready prototypes to wild flights of fancy.
Unlike so many Far Eastern flights of fancy, the KND-4 would cut more than a mild suburban dash in Sainsbury's car park.