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flights of fancy

impractical ideas

TRANSLATION

flight of fancy = Träumerei, (geistiger) Höhenflug, Hirngespinst, Phantasterei

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

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Did you
know?

flight of fancy
idiom

- an idea, story, etc., that shows great imagination but is very unlikely to be true or practical

Merriam-Webster


ORIGIN

This idiom uses flight in the sense of “a soaring of the imagination,” a usage dating from the mid-1600s.


THREE FANCY PHRASES
that you’re likely to hear:

a passing fancy = vorübergehende Verlangen oder Idee
footloose and fancy free = frei und ungebunden
to tickle sb.’s fancy = jds. Fantasie anregen


SYNONYMS

chase rainbows, off the wall, pie in the sky, pipe dream


Practice OWAD in an English conversation, say something like:

“FLIGHTS OF FANCY are probably the best things to have at the start of brainstorming sessions.”


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