away with the fairies


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away with the fairies

Seeming eccentric, distracted, or a bit crazy. I can't follow what your mom is talking about—it's like she's away with the fairies all of a sudden.
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away with the fairies

If you describe someone as being away with the fairies, you mean that they are crazy, have foolish or unreasonable opinions or do not notice things around them. She's very sweet and everything, but mentally, she's away with the fairies.
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(away) with the fairies

giving the impression of being mad, distracted, or in a dreamworld.
See also: fairy
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The 53 year-old Director of Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD) has faced criticism that he may be away with the fairies.
Referring to 'Away with the fairies' (GDN, December 13) by Action Man.
One of the improvements I would suggest is the introduction of a disqualification category that could be summarised as 'away with the fairies'.
He made it more difficult for himself to strike an eventual deal with Lib Dems by saying that proportional representation would be "a big, big mistake for this country" and describing their policies as "away with the fairies".
"Daniel looked spaced out and away with the fairies. He didn't want us to recognise him.
Usually we're away with the fairies long before half-time, blanking out the drab fare on offer.
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Kerry Greenwood returns with another Phryne Fisher mystery, Away With The Fairies (15905-80222, $24.95), this set in 1920s Melbourne where Phryne is investigating the strange death of a fairy story author.
The story that Bridget Cleary had gone away with the fairies corresponded to a model familiar to the Catholic middle class in the verbal art of their servants, and perhaps of their old people, but when it was used as propaganda against them, they needed urgently to repudiate it.
Away with the fairies Wonder if someone spiked the Bovril of Roy Hodgson before Crystal Palace took on Spurs?
6 Away with the fairies Explore Pressmennan Woods near Stenton, East Lothian, and go in search of mystical creatures known as Glingbobs and Tootflits who live in what is believed to be the last traces of Scotland's ancient oak woodland (www.woodlandtrust.org.uk).
I am labelled the one who is "away with the fairies" and I'm always being told to "be quiet".
Yes, it would be nice to spend all day dancing around barefoot, spreading peace and love, but how will the world progress if we're all away with the fairies? Wikipedia seems to agree.