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cloud-cuckoo land

A state or realm of unrealistic and idealized fancy, beyond the realms of possibility. Often preceded by "live/be in." He's always got some harebrained schemes on how to fix the world, all of them right out of cloud-cuckoo land! If Tom thinks he'll be able to live off his bad poetry, he's living in cloud-cuckoo land!
See also: land

be in cloud-cuckoo land

To believe in or be absorbed by unrealistic, idealized, and/or fanciful ideas that are beyond the realms of possibility. If Tom thinks he'll be able to live off his bad poetry, he's in cloud-cuckoo land!
See also: land

cuckoo in the nest

Someone in a group who is seen as different and ostracized by their peers. Since Sam always got good grades and never got in trouble, he was seen by his unruly peers as a cuckoo in the nest.
See also: cuckoo, nest

live in cloud-cuckoo land

To believe that unrealistic, idealized, and/or fanciful ideas will happen, when in fact they are beyond the realms of possibility. Tom thinks he'll be able to live off his bad poetry—he's living in cloud-cuckoo land if you ask me!
See also: land, live

cloud-cuckoo land

An idealized mythical domain, as in That idea about flying cars is straight out of cloud-cuckoo land. This expression originated as a translation from the Greek of Aristophanes' play The Birds, where it signifies the realm built by the birds to separate the gods from humankind. It came into use in the 1820s. During the 19th century it began to be used for a place of wildly fanciful dreams, unrealistic expectations, or the like, and it also acquired the connotation of "crazy" (from cuckoo, slang for "crazy" since about 1900). Also see la-la land; never-never land.
See also: land

cuckoo in the nest

an unwelcome intruder in a place or situation.
The female cuckoo often lays its eggs in other birds' nests. Once hatched, the cuckoo fledgling pushes the other birds' fledglings out of the nest.
See also: cuckoo, nest

coo-coo

and cuckoo
1. mod. unconscious. I socked him on the snoot and knocked him coo-coo.
2. mod. insane. How did I ever get involved in this cuckoo scheme, anyway?

cuckoo

verb

Cloud Cuckoo Land

A nonexistent place of perfection, a utopia. This phrase comes from The Birds by the Greek dramatist Aristophanes, in which the birds decide to build a perfect city called Cloud Cuckoo City. Over the years “City” became “Land.”
See also: cloud, cuckoo, land
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We have learnt a lot of vital informwhich will help save our cuckoos here is still more to discover.
Of the 18 tagged Cuckoos, five are already in Africa and three are south of the Sahara, just a few hundred miles from where they will spend the winter.
Maybe the cuckoos know something that the South East have not yet discovered.
To our delight we were surrounded by cuckoos, counting four heard and two seen - one flying straight over our heads.
The library ran workshops both morning and afternoon with a whole flock of cuckoos being made to carry proudly during the day and to join in the procession later.
Cuckoos are slowly spreading across the country after being held back by cold weather.
Adult Striped Cuckoos are similar in appearance, and we were unable to identify individual adults or identify sex.
It is clear that western cuckoos have experienced a range-wide reduction in occupancy and number.
Staff from the British Trust for Ornithology attached transmitters to two cuckoos on the National Trust's Kintail Estate at Lochalsh, Ross and Cromarty.
A CUCKOO flown on a BA jet to Italy because she was too injured to start her migration to Africa has been released back into the wild.
Some female common cuckoos are grey and hawk-like, and previous research has shown that their resemblance to hawks reduces host bird attack.
The tracking project is the work of the British Trust of Ornithology (BTO) who have learned exactly where British cuckoos spend their winters as well as being surprised by how they get there.
Over the last 20 years, half the UK's breeding cuckoos have been lost, and the picture in the Midlands is stark.
As Peter Collins writes (May 8), there is indeed a fascinating project trying to understand what has led to a steep decline in the number of cuckoos coming to the UK in the summer.
After 5 weeks of hand-rearing, the 2 cuckoos were released back into the wild.