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whistle Dixie

Engage in unrealistic, hopeful fantasizing, as in If you think you can drive there in two hours, you're whistling Dixie. This idiom alludes to the song "Dixie" and the vain hope that the Confederacy, known as Dixie, would win the Civil War.
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whistle Dixie

engage in unrealistic fantasies; waste your time. US
Dixie is an informal name for the Southern states of the USA. The marching song ‘Dixie’ ( 1859 ) was popular with Confederate soldiers in the American Civil War.
2001 New York Times These guys are just whistling Dixie…They're ignoring the basic issues that everyone's been pointing out to them for a decade.
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whistle Dixie

Slang
To engage in unrealistically rosy fantasizing: "If you think mass transportation is going to replace the automobile I think you're whistling Dixie" (Henry Ford II).
See also: Dixie, whistle
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Undoubtedly a classy mare and conceding just 4lb to the Mullins-rained fouryear-old, Whistle Dixie is a hopeful nap choice.
Odds-on shot beaten after 1-4 shot Timing'Severything was beaten at Wexford on Saturday, it was the turn of 2-7 shot Whistle Dixie in the opening mares' maiden hurdle here as she had her colours lowered by 8-1 chance elusive ivy.
Stable-companion Whistle Dixie doubled up for the trainer in the mares bumper when justifying odds-on favouritism at the expense of Honeys Joy, from the Mullins camp.
WHISTLE DIXIE should make a successful hurdling debut in the opening www.
Contrast that to this season when already 19 Gigginstown-owned horses have won bumpers and many of them - Valerian Bridge, Tycoon Prince, Whistle Dixie for example - have won more than one.
55) and the well-related Whistle Dixie for Gordon Elliott in the finale.
Three cheers for everyone who brought a packed lunch but everyone else could whistle Dixie because there was not a biccie or a sarnie to be had.
And WHISTLE DIXIE, which clipped heels and unseated me in Sandown, has a great chance in the mares bumper.