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.
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And the US isn't just whistling Dixie. The country calls on eight other nuclear weapons states (Russia, UK, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea) to disarm, while it continues to modernize its own nuclear arsenal!
And the US isn't just whistling Dixie. The country calls on seven other nuclear weapons states (Russia, UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, and North Korea - with the exception of Israel, of course) to disarm, while it continues to modernize its own nuclear arsenal.