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fairy tale

1. noun A lie or fabricated account of something (likened to a clearly fictional fantasy story). I know he's telling me fairy tales to avoid admitting his mistakes.
2. adjective Resembling a fantasy story, especially due to being entirely positive or happy or having a happy ending. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. I really want a fairy-tale wedding, complete with a beautiful gown and a fancy cake. It wasn't some fairy-tale marriage, you know. We had our problems.
See also: fairy, tale
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fairy tale

and bedtime story
n. a simplistic and condescending explanation for something; a lie. I don’t want to hear a fairy tale, just the facts, ma’am. I’ve already heard your little bedtime story. You’ll have to do better than that!
See also: fairy, tale
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Our tree became the talking tree of the fairy tale; legends and stories nestled like birds in its branches.
It was the first time that Philip in his lonely life had been present in a family circle: his eyes smiled as they rested on the fair children engrossed in the fairy tale. The life of his new friend, eccentric as it appeared at first glance, seemed now to have the beauty of perfect naturalness.
"They will say that it is but one more of the fairy tales of this wonderful Mr.
At first, it appears that the fairy tale in question is "Cinderella," clearly suggested by the title and the child characters' make-believe game of evil Cinderella hide-and-seek.
While Abbruscato, Jones, and several of the collected authors rightfully note that the fairy tale and the Gothic are slippery terms, and offer valuable examinations of this difficulty within their essays, no one really treats YA in the same way.
He was born 1805 under poor circumstances in Odense, a small city in the middle of Denmark, and the story about how his dreams came through is interpreted as a fairy tale by himself in his autobiography, The Fairy Tale of my Life (Mit livs eventyr) (1855).
Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say " we find her as a magic-wielding ice goddess; a tough-as-nails Valkyrie; an ancient fae of dubious intentions; a well-meaning witch; a cigar-smoking Latina; a crash- landed alien; and more!
For the Ancient Egyptian Tale of Two Brothers, I first lectured on Ancient Egyptian history and culture to provide background and context that helped students situate the fairy tale into the context in which it was recorded.
The fairy tale characters have gotten all mixed up and wandered into each other's stories.
In Chapter 1, Duggan analyzes Lola and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), drawing upon fairy-tale and melodramatic conventions in order to show that both films, regardless of their seemingly different aesthetics, challenge "the utopian promises of the fairy tale and the irrecoverable loss characteristic of melodrama" (15), thus calling into question various social, patriarchal, and heteronormative structures.
This revised and expanded set not only includes additional entries and information on contemporary interest in the fairy tale genre in popular culture, but also dedicates a full volume to an anthology of foundational narratives, frame narratives, folk and fairy tales, related texts, and commentaries.
Synopsis: Based on the diaries that author Susan Branch has kept since she was in her 20s, "The Fairy Tale Girl" is an illustrated memoir that is charmingly designed in Susan's style with her whimsical watercolors and personal photographs.
Elena Burnett has written The Fairy Tale Formula: How to Win a Man's Heart, in which she offers solutions to many of the wrong conceptions women might have about men.
The Fairy Tale Rout offers much art, culture and eight national parks.