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pie in the sky

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Origin of pie in the sky
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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pie in the sky in Culture

pie in the sky definition

A preposterously optimistic goal: “The candidate says we can balance the budget by next year, but I think that's pie in the sky.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for pie in the sky

pie in the sky


: It was a bit of a pie-in-the-sky idea

noun phrase

The reward one will get for compliant behavior, later; hence wishful thinking or utopian fantasies

[1911+; fr a Wobbly expression of contempt for those who maintained that suffering and penury on earth would be compensated by bliss and luxury in heaven; the locus classicus is a 1911 parody of the hymn ''In the Sweet By and By,'' by the Wobbly martyr Joe Hill]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with pie in the sky

pie in the sky

An empty wish or promise, as in His dream of being hired as a sports editor proved to be pie in the sky. This expression was first recorded in 1911 in a rallying song of a union, the International Workers of the World (or “Wobblies”): “Work and pray, live on hay, you'll get pie in the sky when you die.”
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