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blue-sky

[bloo-skahy]
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adjective
  1. fanciful; impractical: blue-sky ideas.
  2. (especially of securities) having dubious value; not financially sound: a blue-sky stock.
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Origin of blue-sky

First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for blue-sky

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  • Turn a perfectly sound, entrenched business into a blue-sky factory?

    The Big Tomorrow

    Paul Lohrman

  • Snubbed for the first time in all her blue-sky life–and by a boy, too!

    Pemrose Lorry, Camp Fire Girl

    Isabel Katherine Hornibrook

  • The bluest skies of a blue-sky land curved in fathomless majesty over the yellow valley of the Santa Fé.

    Vanguards of the Plains

    Margaret McCarter

  • There are some business men who look upon psychology as "blue-sky" theorizing or "new thought."

  • The blue-sky during all these centuries has tinged the shadows outdoors a bluish color.

    Visual Illusions

    Matthew Luckiesh


British Dictionary definitions for blue-sky

blue-sky

blue-skies

noun
  1. (modifier) of or denoting theoretical research without regard to any future application of its resulta blue-sky project
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verb -skies, -skying or -skied
  1. to theorize (about something that may not lead to any practical application)
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