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never-never land

an unreal, imaginary, or ideal state, condition, place, etc.
any remote, isolated, barren, or sparsely settled region.
Also called neverland, never-never.
Origin of never-never land
1875-85 for def 2; reduplication of never Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Go, go away, back to the never-never land, stay there and be safe.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • No, in the never-never land there had been only his father and he!

    The Valiants of Virginia Hallie Erminie Rives
  • But there are some things that belong to the never-never land and may not be done here.

    The Garden, You, and I Mabel Osgood Wright
  • It is not a story of a never-never land where fantastic happenings take place daily.

    The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones
  • This was an other-world desert, one spawned in the fires of hell—a never-never land of scalding heat and unbelievable cold.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
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Never-Never Land definition

Originally called Neverland, the home of the title character in the story Peter Pan; a place where children never grow up.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with never-never land

never-never land

A fantasy land, an imaginary place, as in I don't know what's gotten into Marge—she's way off in never-never land. This expression gained currency when James Barrie used it in Peter Pan (1904) for the place where Peter and the Lost Boys live. However, in the second half of the 1800s Australians already were using it for vast unsettled areas of their continent (the outback), and there the term became popular through Mrs. Aeneas Gunn's We of the Never Never (1908). In Australia it still refers to northwest Queensland or northern Australia in general. Elsewhere it simply signifies a fantasy or daydream.
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