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have (one's) head in the clouds
To be impractical, aloof, or fanciful, often to the point of being very unhelpful or counterproductive. He has his head in the clouds while the rest of us are trying to figure out how to fix this! My daughter always has her head in the clouds as she walks home from school.
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have one's head in the clouds
Fig. to be unaware of what is going on from fantasies or daydreams. "Bob, do you have your head in the clouds?" asked the teacher. She walks around all day with her head in the clouds. She must be in love.
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head in the clouds, have one's
Be absentminded or impractical, as in She must have had her head in the clouds when she made the reservations, because they never heard of us , or He'll never be able to run the business-he's always got his head in the clouds. This idiom uses in the clouds in the sense of "fanciful" or "unreal," a usage dating from the mid-1600s.
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have your head in the clouds
If someone has their head in the clouds, they are not aware of what is going on around them or are not practical and realistic about things. She was a daydreamer — she had her head in the clouds. Note: You can also say that someone exists or does something with their head in the clouds. Rosemary used to say she was going to be very rich one day. We all thought it was typical of her, she seemed to live with her head in the clouds. Gore is the artist with his head in the clouds, and his partner takes care of all the arrangements. Note: You can also use head-in-the-clouds before a noun. He was a rather head-in-the-clouds man — an academic.
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have your head in the ˈclouds(informal) not be realistic because you are always thinking of your own hopes, ideas, dreams, etc: He wants us to start a business together but it would never work. He’s got his head in the clouds half the time. OPPOSITE: have/keep both/your feet on the ground
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head in the clouds, to have one's
Daydreaming, absentminded. In the clouds has been used figuratively to mean obscure or fanciful since the mid-seventeenth century. It was not until relatively recent times that a vague, dreamy person was said to have his or her head in the clouds. See also on cloud nine.
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