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Dix·ie 1

 (dĭk′sē)
A region of the southeast United States, usually comprising the states that joined the Confederacy during the Civil War. The term was popularized in the minstrel song "Dixie's Land," written by Daniel D. Emmett (1815-1904) in 1859.

Dix·ie 2

 (dĭk′sē)
n.
Any one of several songs bearing this name, popular as Confederate war songs.
Idiom:
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).

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And both chasing debutante Whistle Dixie, in the mares beginners chase, and Hardline, in the bumper, are worthy of special attention.
Gordon Elliott has had WHISTLE DIXIE engaged to run a few times in recent weeks without letting the mare take her chance, but she can go close if the Meath handler does decide to run her at Thurles on Wednesday.
They might just as well stick a wet finger in the air and whistle Dixie.
On a poor day for favourites, Whistle Dixie came down on the bend in her race.
Ms Easington, of Peulwys Lane, Old Colwyn said: "They can whistle Dixie for them.
When long guide rods first came along they were heralded as magical things that did everything but whistle Dixie.
If this man is a good writer," wrote Calder Willingham about William Faulkner, "shrimps whistle Dixie.