castle in the air


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castle in the air

or

castle in Spain

n
a hope or desire unlikely to be realized; daydream

cas′tle in the air′


n.
a fanciful or impractical notion or hope; daydream. Also called cas′tle in Spain′.
[1570–80]
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Noun1.castle in the air - absentminded dreaming while awakecastle in the air - absentminded dreaming while awake  
dreaming, dream - imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake; "he lives in a dream that has nothing to do with reality"

castle in the air

noun
A fantastic, impracticable plan or desire:
References in classic literature ?
I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen," observed Jo mysteriously.
Exams were on and over; the last week of the term came and still their "house o'dreams," as Anne called it, remained a castle in the air.
She had a vivid imagination; she had, besides, read the Arabian Nights and Guthrie's Geography; and it is a fact that while she was dressing for dinner, and after she had asked Amelia whether her brother was very rich, she had built for herself a most magnificent castle in the air, of which she was mistress, with a husband somewhere in the background (she had not seen him as yet, and his figure would not therefore be very distinct); she had arrayed herself in an infinity of shawls, turbans, and diamond necklaces, and had mounted upon an elephant to the sound of the march in Bluebeard, in order to pay a visit of ceremony to the Grand Mogul.