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air·y-fair·y

also airy fairy (âr′ē-fâr′ē)Chiefly British Slang
adj.
Insubstantial or impractical: "You are talking about some airy fairy concept which will never come in my lifetime" (Margaret Thatcher).

airy-fairy

(ˈɛərɪˈfɛərɪ)
adj
1. informal fanciful and unrealistic: an airy-fairy scheme.
2. delicate to the point of being insubstantial; light
[C19: from Tennyson's poem Lillian (1830), where the central figure is described as "Airy, fairy Lillian"]

air′y-fair′y



adj.
1. delicate or lovely.
2. unrealistic: airy-fairy ideas about winning the sweepstakes.
[1830]
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airy-fairy

[ˌɛərɪˈfɛərɪ] ADJ (Brit) [ideas, principles] → superficial, vacío; [plan, promises] → vano, fantasioso; [person] → insustancial

airy-fairy

[ˌɛərɪˈfɛəri] (British) adj (British) [ideas, principles] → farfelu(e)

airy-fairy

adj (Brit inf) → versponnen; excusewindig; talkversponnen, larifari inv (inf); your plans seem rather airy-fairydeine Pläne scheinen ziemlich unausgegoren

airy-fairy

[ˈɛərɪˈfɛərɪ] adj (fam) → vago/a
References in classic literature ?
Tree-ferns and mosses and a myriad other parasitic forms jostled with gay-coloured fungoid growths for room to live, and the very atmosphere itself seemed to afford clinging space to airy fairy creepers, light and delicate as gem-dust, tremulous with microscopic blooms.
Ideas today need to be cost neutral or cost effective, not airy fairy ideas that won't stack up to financial scrutiny or can't be undertaken because they are unorthodox or illegal.
She's not what you'd call an airy fairy but she does Prospero's bidding with barely a hint of resentment, keen to earn the freedom he has promised.
Tooth airy fairy BBC1's latest two part waste of the licence fee, The Truth About Your Teeth, opened with Jasmine Harman explaining: "Millions of people are living with gum disease, tooth decay and broken teeth.
They get lobbied and insulted in equal measure because they deal with tangible things, not airy fairy stuff like saving the three-toed street sloth or the Patagonian russet frog - not that they are not important, of course," he added, quickly doing the parliamentary shuffle lest I was a rabid "greenie".
Wake up please I may not have long left, so comfort comes before fancy airy fairy schemes like windfarms.
I had a reminder of this recently when someone asked me: "Do you do all that happy clappy, airy fairy stuff?
An extended musical section in the first half saw the talented musician ridicule airy fairy girl troubadours, ruthlessly parodying their twee lyrics before launching into an extended 'medley' of his own making, taking in Hillbilly rapping, Iranian hip hop, and a touch of Nirvana on the Oud.
Perhaps you just cut to the chase quicker than some more airy fairy types of folk.
He is very practical and level headed, while I am the airy fairy onewhocomesupwith the ideas.
She's a feisty, strong girl from Newcastle and she isn't who she is through being airy fairy.
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