not (just) whistling Dixie

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not (just) whistling Dixie

slang Having a realistic or honest view of something, as opposed to an overly optimistic one. "Dixie" was a song popular among Confederate soldiers during the US Civil War and became associated with continuing to hope for the success of a lost cause. It sounds like they really are going to give everyone a raise. You weren't just whistling Dixie, Bob!
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not just whistling Dixie

Rur. not talking nonsense. (Alludes to a song titled "Dixie.") Man, you are right! You're not just whistling Dixie. When you say she is wrong, you're not just whistling Dixie.
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not just whistling Dixie

(...ˈdɪksi)
tv. not talking nonsense. (Folksy. Refers to a song titled Dixie.) Man, you are right! You’re not just whistling Dixie.
See also: Dixie, just, not, whistle
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