Pie in the sky

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British pronunciation/pˈaɪ ɪnðə skˈaɪ/
American pronunciation/pˈaɪ ɪnðə skˈaɪ/
pie in the sky
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something that is very good or desirable but highly unlikely to happen or be real

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pie in the sky definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "pie in the sky" and when to use it?

The idiom "pie in the sky" originated in the early 20th century, and it is often attributed to labor union songs and slogans. It has been used to describe an idea or promise of something wonderful or beneficial that is highly unlikely to materialize, much like a pie that is in the sky is out of reach.

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The politician's pledge to solve all the nation's problems overnight was dismissed as mere pie in the sky.
is dreams of becoming a rock star and touring the world appeared to be just pie in the sky until he got a record deal.
Promising an effortless path to success is often likened to offering pie in the sky, as it rarely delivers real results.
This talk of moving to Australia is all just pie in the sky.
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