away with the fairies


being out of touch with reality

TRANSLATION

away with the fairies = geistesabwesend, tagträumend

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“Annie Sauerland expressed her happiness that I attended the conference and spoke! Clearly she was AWAY WITH THE FAIRIES or engaging in a form of wish fulfilment.”

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away with the fairies
humorous informal phrase

- out of touch with reality

Collins Dictionary

- If you describe someone as being away with the fairies, you mean that they are crazy, have foolish or unreasonable opinions, or do not notice things around them.

The Free Dictionary


ORIGIN

Apparently of Irish-English origin, meaning to give the impression of being mad, distracted, or in a dreamworld.

This phrase ultimately refers to the belief that the fairies spirit away human beings

Away with the fairies was first evidenced in print in a trail account at Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland in 1907.


SYNONYMS

away with the pixies, not all there, lost in thought, distracted, daydreaming, in a dream-world, johnny head-in-air, out there, out to lunch, in one’s own world, deep in thought, absent-minded, miles away, in the clouds, with one’s head in the clouds, on the moon, off the planet, wool-gathering


SMUGGLE OWAD into a conversation, say something like:

“I’m sorry Jim, I was momentarily AWAY WITH THE FAIRIES, can you please repeat that?”

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