flight of fancy

(redirected from flights of fancy)

flight of fancy

An imaginative but unrealistic idea. No one took his campaign for office seriously because his proposed solutions to problems were filled with flights of fancy.
See also: fancy, flight, of
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

flight of fancy

an idea or suggestion that is out of touch with reality or possibility. What is the point in indulging in flights of fancy about exotic vacations when you cannot even afford the rent?
See also: fancy, flight, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

flight of fancy

An unrealistic idea or fantastic notion, a pipe dream. For example, She engaged in flights of fancy, such as owning a million-dollar house. This idiom uses flight in the sense of "a soaring of the imagination," a usage dating from the mid-1600s.
See also: fancy, flight, of
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a flight of fancy

or

a flight of fantasy

COMMON If you call an idea, statement, or plan a flight of fancy or a flight of fantasy, you mean that it is imaginative but not at all practical. This is no flight of fancy. The prototype is already flying, and production is to begin next year. The idea that you could use these satellites as weapons is a complete flight of fantasy.
See also: fancy, flight, of
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a ˌflight of ˈfancy

an idea or a statement that is very imaginative but not practical or sensible: The idea is not just a flight of fancy. It has been done before.
See also: fancy, flight, of
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

flight of fancy

An imaginative but impractical idea. This cliché uses flight in the sense of a soaring imagination, a usage first recorded in 1668. Given this sense, fancy, meaning imagination, makes the phrase somewhat redundant, and it is not clear exactly when it was added. Oliver Goldsmith had the idea, if not the exact wording, in his poem “The Traveller” (1764): “To men of other minds my fancy flies.”
See also: fancy, flight, of
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
See also:
References in classic literature ?
Flights of fancy gave place, in her mind, to a steady fireside glow, and I had already begun to perceive how, with the development of the conviction that--as time went on without a public accident-- our young things could, after all, look out for themselves, she addressed her greatest solicitude to the sad case presented by their instructress.
"Historians, you think," said Miss Tilney, "are not happy in their flights of fancy. They display imagination without raising interest.
In our wildest flights of fancy we had never pictured ourselves as guests at the witch's hearth-stone.
In one of those flights of fancy, not characteristic of her but tiresomely frequent this afternoon, she envisaged herself battered with rotten eggs upon a platform, from which Ralph vainly begged her to descend.
You can't fault the man's big kid energy or enthusiasm - or some of his flights of fancy - but I reckon the writing side of his weird and not-so-wonderful world needs a major rethink.
'Analog Obscura' is an extended narrative on childhood memories and flights of fancy. In full display is Del Rosario's sense of play, his mischief and whimsy.
"Flights of Fancy" is another wonderfully entertaining page-turner of a novel by Jen Turano.
I was fascinated by the article "Flights of fancy?" (PE July/ August).
PUPILS' flights of fancy are adding a blast of colour to summer at Rising Sun Country Park.
Mr Jones must try to use hard earned taxpayers' money in a more constructive and sensible manner and not on flights of fancy.
Often feeling like a Taipei-set "Amelie," and even including the hero's return of objects to their rightful owners, this New York Asian Film Festival entry ultimately could charm those not averse to free-form flights of fancy.
A FURIOUS widow has hit back at claims her late husband's daring war exploits, which included escaping from a Nazi PoW camp 200 times and confronting SS chief Heinrich Himmler, were flights of fancy.
Tel: 029 2063 6464 Flights of Fancy Parc & Dare, Treorchy, 2pm Tickets: PS5.50 It's your last chance to catch this spectacular supersonic stage show celebrating the centenary of the much-loved venue.
There's some solid musicianship underpinning the band's flights of fancy here, and while the music can be a bit psychedelic, it's never merely "spacey." Goddard performs with Veil, Onslo and Olde Pine at 9 p.m.
The Flights of Fancy exhibition is at the RAF Museum at Cosford near Wolverhampton until September 24.