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a fool's paradise

A happy state that one inhabits for foolish, unfounded, or delusional reasons. We were living in a fool's paradise thinking that the financial successes of the early 2000s would last forever. Does she really think she can protect her kids from every negative thing in life? If so, she's in a fool's paradise! Now that I live on my own and cover all of my expenses, I know I was in a fools' paradise when I thought this job paid well!
See also: 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a fool’s ˈparadise

a state of happiness which cannot last because something which you have not thought of is threatening to destroy it: You’ve been living in a fool’s paradise. How long do you think we can go on spending our money without earning more?
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fool's paradise, a

Bliss based on illusion, ignorance, or misunderstanding. The expression dates from the fifteenth century, when it appeared in print in William Paston’s letters (1462: “I wold not be in a folis paradyce”). It recurs again and again, in numerous sixteenth-century sources (including Pettie, Lyly, and Shakespeare), and was certainly a cliché by the time George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Beguiling tedious hours with romances and fairy tales and fools’ paradises” (Misalliance, 1910).
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Fools Paradise Tent, 1.15pm to 6pm Greenspace, noon to 5pm Kids Tent, noon to 4pm Motorcade, leaves War Memorial Park at 11am Shows in the Arena, 1.30pm to 4.30pm Lives and Times History Tent, noon to 5pm Folk night, Peugeot Music Tent, 1.45pm to 7.20pm EcoRhythmClub, Travel Coventry Music Tent, 1pm to 9pm
The Fools Paradise programme runs from 2pm to 10pm on the Saturday and from 2pm to 6pm on the Sunday.
The Lives and Times history tent, the Rhythm tent and the Fools Paradise tent were particularly popular.
His party always strived for promotion of democracy, he said and added that those dreaming of grabbing power through backdoor were living in fools paradise. He said that elections would be held in 2013 and opponents should wait for till then.
There will be a variety of street theatre, workshops and performers in the Fools Paradise tent and a wide variety of food will be available, with Cafe Tango - which goes to major shows like Glastonbury - setting up alongside Indian, Cajun, Mexican and Caribbean stalls.
QUETTA, January 19, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Central Chief of Balochistan National Party (BNP) Akhtar Jan Mengal has said that incumbent government is exact replica of past dictatorship regime of Musharraf while Baloch are granted with corpses of their loved ones and those expressing optimism about the success of packages must be living in fools paradise. He expressed these views while addressing a seminar on telephone from Dubai held in connection with the first death anniversary of ex BNP Central leader Malik Abdul Ali Kakar at Quetta Press Club on Tuesday.
KARACHI, December 13, 2009 (Balochistan Times): State Minister Ports and Shipping Nabeel Gabol has stated that the people, who were crediting PML-N Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif for judges restoration lived in Fools paradise. Addressing to a massive gathering in Liayari at the inauguration ceremony for Mirza Adam Khan road, he stated that the opportunists tried to enforce political martial law on 16th March 2009 adding that with the gathering of thousands of people anyone couldnt threat PPPP s popularity.
He said that those who were talking of cutting short the tenure of the PPP government were living in a fools paradise and are destined to be frustrated.