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never never land
A fictional or imaginary place where everything is perfect and everyone is happy. Popularized as the name of the fantastical place in the stories of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, the phrase is sometimes capitalized; "never never" is also sometimes hyphenated. She must think she lives in never never land if she expects a high-paying job to be waiting for her straight out of college! I'm sorry, but Senator Smith is in never-never land. There is simply no way that this legislation will result in anything other than economic disaster! The incredible views atop the mountain pass make you feel as if you had been transported to Never Never Land.
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A fantasy land, an imaginary place, as in I don't know what's gotten into Marge-she's way off in never-never land. This expression gained currency when James Barrie used it in Peter Pan (1904) for the place where Peter and the Lost Boys live. However, in the second half of the 1800s Australians already were using it for vast unsettled areas of their continent ( the outback), and there the term became popular through Mrs. Aeneas Gunn's We of the Never Never (1908). In Australia it still refers to northwest Queensland or northern Australia in general. Elsewhere it simply signifies a fantasy or daydream.
See also: land
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never-never landan imaginary utopian place or situation.
This expression is often used with allusion to the imaginary country in J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan ( 1904 ). The term was used earlier to denote the remote and unpopulated northern part of the Northern Territory and Queensland in Australia (from which, it is implied, a person might never return).
See also: land
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Never Never Land
An imaginary place; a fantasy. This was the land invented by James Barrie in Peter Pan (1904) for the place where Lost Boys and Red Indians lived. The Australians used it for the vast unsettled areas of their continent, the outback. After the publication of We of the Never Never (1908) by Mrs. Aeneas Gunn, it referred specifically to Australia’s Northern Territory. Elsewhere it continues to be used more generally.
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