pie in the sky
Date: 1911 an unrealistic enterprise or prospect of prosperity • pie-in-the-sky adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pie in the sky — {n. phr.}, {informal} An unrealistic wish or hope. * /Our trip to Hawaii is still only a pie in the sky./ Compare: PIPE DREAM …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pie in the sky — {n. phr.}, {informal} An unrealistic wish or hope. * /Our trip to Hawaii is still only a pie in the sky./ Compare: PIPE DREAM …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Pie in the sky — is a phrase that means a fanciful notion or ludicrous concept. It was apparently coined by Joe Hill in his song The Preacher and the Slave in reference to Christian evangelists promise of paradise in Heaven after death. It may also refer to:* Pie …   Wikipedia

  • pie-in-the-sky — adj Voters did not believe his pie in the sky promises. • • • Main Entry: ↑pie in the sky …   Useful english dictionary

  • pie in the sky — If an idea or scheme is pie in the sky, it is utterly impractical …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • pie in the sky — pie′ in the sky′ idi the illusory prospect of future benefits pie • Etymology: 1910–15, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • pie in the sky — ► pie in the sky informal a pleasant prospect that is very unlikely to be realized. Main Entry: ↑pie …   English terms dictionary

  • pie in the sky — ☆ pie in the sky n. Slang 1. a promise of benefits or a reward in an afterlife or in the remote future 2. an unrealistically Utopian plan or project …   English World dictionary

  • pie in the sky — 1. n. a reward; a special heavenly reward. □ Don’t hold out for pie in the sky. Get realistic. □ If he didn’t hope for some heavenly pie in the sky, he would probably be a real crook. 2. mod. having to do with a hope for a special reward. (This… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • pie in the sky —    If an idea or scheme is pie in the sky, it is utterly impractical.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If an idea or project is pie in the sky, it is completely unrealistic or unlikely to be achieved.     The promise of low cost housing… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • pie in the sky — if an idea or plan is pie in the sky, it seems good but is not likely to be achieved. Those plans of his to set up his own business are just pie in the sky …   New idioms dictionary

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