fool's paradise


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fool's paradise

Fig. a state of being happy for foolish or unfounded reasons. I'm afraid that Sue's marital happiness is a fool's paradise; there are rumors that her husband is unfaithful. Fred is confident that he'll get a big raise this year, but I think he's living in a fool's paradise.
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fool's paradise

State of delusive contentment or false hope. For example, Joan lived in a fool's paradise, looking forward to a promotion she would never get. This expression was first recorded in 1462.
See also: paradise
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Denied touch, taste, smell, They say that you condemned Ophelia to a fool's paradise And tricked Juliet, selling illusions of pardons whose potency Remains buried in the vengefulness of pride and ghetto feuds.
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A Fool's Paradise By Nancy Flowers Wilson Flowers in Bloom Publishing, Marcli 2001, $14.
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A fool's paradise of sorts, which attains hallucinatory clarity in his elaboration of a falling and fallen world enchanted by the capers of the commodity fetish.