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whistle Dixie

slang To have an unrealistic, usually overly optimistic, view of something. "Dixie" was a song popular among Confederate soldiers during the US Civil War and became associated with continuing to hope for the success of a lost cause. Primarily heard in US. You're whistling Dixie if you think we're making the playoffs this year.
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whistle Dixie

Engage in unrealistic, hopeful fantasizing, as in If you think you can drive there in two hours, you're whistling Dixie. This idiom alludes to the song "Dixie" and the vain hope that the Confederacy, known as Dixie, would win the Civil War.
See also: Dixie, whistle

whistle Dixie

engage in unrealistic fantasies; waste your time. US
Dixie is an informal name for the Southern states of the USA. The marching song ‘Dixie’ ( 1859 ) was popular with Confederate soldiers in the American Civil War.
2001 New York Times These guys are just whistling Dixie…They're ignoring the basic issues that everyone's been pointing out to them for a decade.
See also: Dixie, whistle

whistle Dixie

Slang
To engage in unrealistically rosy fantasizing: "If you think mass transportation is going to replace the automobile I think you're whistling Dixie" (Henry Ford II).
See also: Dixie, whistle
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TOUGH TASK AHEAD Maiden hurdle winner Whistle Dixie will be up against it at Fairyhouse
15), but this one may not be good enough to cope with Whistle Dixie, who established a good reputation with a point-to-point win for Pat Doyle last year and was reckoned not to have been fully tuned for her winning racecourse debut in a Limerick bumper.
Whistle Dixie might have needed that run and is better judged on her bumper form, which included wins at Limerick and Fairyhouse and a creditable fourth to Hollies Pearl in a listed mares event in Aintree.
Undoubtedly a classy mare and conceding just 4lb to the Mullins-rained fouryear-old, Whistle Dixie is a hopeful nap choice.
But Whistle Dixie was turned over (at 2/7) by the Gavin Cromwell-trained Elusive Ivy in Galway's opening mares maiden hurdle.
WHISTLE DIXIE should make a successful hurdling debut in the opening www.
Whistle Dixie also finished fourth to Hollies Pearl in a listed bumper in Aintree, having earlier started favourite when clipping heels and unseating Bryan Cooper in a similar event in Sandown.
And WHISTLE DIXIE, which clipped heels and unseated me in Sandown, has a great chance in the mares bumper.
And I'm hoping to earn some sterling before the Festival on Whistle Dixie in the listed mares bumper in Sandown today.
But, before Naas, I'm looking forward to riding Whistle Dixie, a mare I like a lot.
The Eoin Doyle-trained Davy From Milan appeals in the hunters' chase while Gordon Elliott's Whistle Dixie, winner of her only point-topoint, should be noted in the mares bumper, particularly if strong in the market.