you ain't (just) whistling Dixie

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you ain't (just) whistling Dixie

What you just said is absolutely true; you ain't kidding. "Dixie" was a song popular among Confederate soldiers during the US Civil War, eventually coming to represent idle chitchat, silly fantasies, or foolish nonsense. Primarily heard in US. A: "That storm looks like it could do some serious damage." B: "You ain't just whistling Dixie! We'd better get all the farm equipment stowed inside before it hits." A: "Hoo boy, these financial results are pretty grim." B: "You ain't whistlin' Dixie, Tom."
See also: Dixie, whistle

You ain't just whistlin' Dixie.

Rur. You are right. Tom: Sure is hot today. Bill: Yeah, you ain't just whistlin' Dixie. It's a scorcher. Charlie: That was a good movie. Jane: You ain't just whistlin' Dixie. It was the best I've ever seen.
See also: Dixie, just