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wishful thinking

believing that something is true or that something will happen just because one wishes that it were true or would happen. Hoping for a car as a birthday present is just wishful thinking. Your parents can't afford it. Mary thinks that she is going to get a big raise, but that's wishful thinking. Her boss is so tight with money.
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wishful thinking

thinking or talking about something that you would very much like to happen although you know it probably will not happen 'Do you think you might be in line for promotion, then? 'No, it's just wishful thinking.'
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wishful thinking

Interpreting matters as one would like them to be, as opposed to what they really are. For example, Matthew wanted to be a basketball player, but with his height that was wishful thinking. This term comes from Freudian psychology of the mid-1920s and soon began to be used more loosely.
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Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking is directed by the renowned Tony Taccone and co-produced by Jonathan Reinis Productions and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
The findings of our studies contradict what many people assume about markets, that wishful thinkers will be identified and disciplined by more sophisticated investors," said Nicholas Seybert, an assistant professor of finance at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.
Four more bestsellers have followed: Delusions of Grandma, Surrender the Pink, The Best Awful, and Wishful Drinking, with her sixth novel, Shockaholic due out November, 2011.
Now 30 pounds lighter* thanks to Jenny Craig's clinically proven weight management program and her personal consultant Kathy, Fisher said she has a new outlook on life, and is excited to show off her new physique during her summer tour of her award-winning Wishful Drinking show, which starts in Toronto on July 21, 2011.
In September an appeals court reduced the sentences of the innocent men, but given what passes for justice in Iran, it was perhaps wishful thinking that left by itself the government of Iran would do any more on behalf of anyone deemed a spy for Israel.
While the Schumer measure would permit cooperatives to elect to have the provision applied retroactively - something the cooperatives would desperately like, but what Hill watchers think is wishful thinking - the Rangel bill would automatically apply to all past years.
Most scientists have written off the Pons-Fleischmann variety of heat-producing cold fusion as a case of wishful thinking overriding scientific judgment, and have dismissed the lower-profile phenomena described by Jones and others as irreproducible or too subtle to justify further time and money
Moe's is the kind of brand that represents the American spirit - entrepreneurial and independent, wishful irreverence, big dreamer of what things can be," explains Martin Sprock, founder and chief.
The MLS Cup probably is wishful thinking for a franchise hovering at .
Only careful, repeated interviews can cut through the lies and wishful fantasies hustlers construct as they speak to a researcher, he maintains.
That's more wishful thinking than sound strategy for the average kicker.
That would translate to components at least 1,000 times smaller than today's -- a prospect that some view as theoretically sound and others doom as wishful thinking.
Because many biotech and pharmaceutical companies not only do not see much of a financial payoff in the vaccine business but are also worried about potential litigation problems, some might view the results of our poll as a case of wishful thinking instead of a reflection of reality," says John Sterling, Editor in Chief of GEN.
There was no joy in Mudville, just shattered dreams, dashed hopes, and wishful thinking of what might have been.