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Never Never Land

A fictional place where everything is perfect and everyone is happy. Taken from the name of the fantastical place in the stories of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Often shortened to "Never Land." She must think that the real world is a Never Never Land if she expects a high-paying job to be waiting for her once she's out of college!
See also: land, never

never-never land

A fantasy land, an imaginary place, as in I don't know what's gotten into Marge-she's way off in never-never land. This expression gained currency when James Barrie used it in Peter Pan (1904) for the place where Peter and the Lost Boys live. However, in the second half of the 1800s Australians already were using it for vast unsettled areas of their continent ( the outback), and there the term became popular through Mrs. Aeneas Gunn's We of the Never Never (1908). In Australia it still refers to northwest Queensland or northern Australia in general. Elsewhere it simply signifies a fantasy or daydream.
See also: land

never-never land

an imaginary utopian place or situation.
This expression is often used with allusion to the imaginary country in J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan ( 1904 ). The term was used earlier to denote the remote and unpopulated northern part of the Northern Territory and Queensland in Australia (from which, it is implied, a person might never return).
See also: land
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All cheer except for Peter, who vows to his friends to remain in Never-Never Land, proudly proclaiming "I Won't Grow Up.
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