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be in cloud-cuckoo land

To believe in or be absorbed by unrealistic, idealized, and/or fanciful ideas that are beyond the realms of possibility. If Tom thinks he'll be able to live off his bad poetry, he's in cloud-cuckoo land!
See also: land

cloud-cuckoo land

A state or realm of unrealistic and idealized fancy, beyond the realms of possibility. Often preceded by "live/be in." He's always got some harebrained schemes on how to fix the world, all of them right out of cloud-cuckoo land! If Tom thinks he'll be able to live off his bad poetry, he's living in cloud-cuckoo land!
See also: land

cuckoo

Crazy. There's a guy on our corner who shouts about the end of the world; I think he's a little cuckoo.

cuckoo in the nest

Someone in a group who is seen as different and ostracized by their peers. Since Sam always got good grades and never got in trouble, he was seen by his unruly peers as a cuckoo in the nest.
See also: cuckoo, nest

live in cloud-cuckoo land

To believe that unrealistic, idealized, and/or fanciful ideas will happen, when in fact they are beyond the realms of possibility. Tom thinks he'll be able to live off his bad poetry—he's living in cloud-cuckoo land if you ask me!
See also: land, live

cloud-cuckoo land

An idealized mythical domain, as in That idea about flying cars is straight out of cloud-cuckoo land. This expression originated as a translation from the Greek of Aristophanes' play The Birds, where it signifies the realm built by the birds to separate the gods from humankind. It came into use in the 1820s. During the 19th century it began to be used for a place of wildly fanciful dreams, unrealistic expectations, or the like, and it also acquired the connotation of "crazy" (from cuckoo, slang for "crazy" since about 1900). Also see la-la land; never-never land.
See also: land

cuckoo in the nest

an unwelcome intruder in a place or situation.
The female cuckoo often lays its eggs in other birds' nests. Once hatched, the cuckoo fledgling pushes the other birds' fledglings out of the nest.
See also: cuckoo, nest

coo-coo

and cuckoo
1. mod. unconscious. I socked him on the snoot and knocked him coo-coo.
2. mod. insane. How did I ever get involved in this cuckoo scheme, anyway?

cuckoo

verb

Cloud Cuckoo Land

A nonexistent place of perfection, a utopia. This phrase comes from The Birds by the Greek dramatist Aristophanes, in which the birds decide to build a perfect city called Cloud Cuckoo City. Over the years “City” became “Land.”
See also: cloud, cuckoo, land
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Stall owner, Aqeel Abdul Nabi Khayami, was delighted to show off his blue and yellow macaw Coo Coo and all the tricks it could do.
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And despite all those US VIP wrist wringers who piously come here and are quoted in our local newspapers saying "Bahrain is on the right path" and comforting coo coo noises with a little bit of tut tut, are as the Native American legends of Hollywood say, 'speaking with forked tongues'.
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Nine-year-old Olivia Taylor from Christchurch Woodhouse School, said: "We've been singing some songs and during a song called Hari Coo Coo some of us from my school were dancing with saris.
(The song of the roadrunner, one of America's indigenous cuckoos, is a similar coo coo coo coo coo coo, not meep meep as in the cartoons).
The Be Good Tanyas incorporate traditional instrumentation in their music, applying it to both their own compositions and ones that predate modern copyright law, such as "The Coo Coo Bird" and "The Lakes of Ponchartrain." Strings, including mandolin, double bass and banjo, dominate this beautifully produced collection allowing the complex harmonies of Frazey Ford, Samanatha Parton and Trish Klein to be showcased.
Coo Coo comes straight out of Milwaukee with a sparse but hard-hitting beat and a fast earthy rap focused on community pride in a neighbourhood where car jacking, drug dealing and random violence is commonplace.
Oh, the coo coo, she's a pretty bird, And she warbles, as she flies.
A side dish of cou-cou (coo coo)--a polenta-like cornmeal pudding--and a thick slice of coconut pie, and you're in business.
With its lyric constructed like an authorless folk ballad--each line at once a literal non sequitur and a poetic link to any other--the out-of-nowhere reference to "the Fourth of July" suggested that here, as in "The Coo Coo," in America the type case of this kind of song, the Fourth of July is a predestined date, waiting, deep in unknown traditions, to be found and used.