Definition of cloud cuckoo land noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


cloud cuckoo land

BrE BrE//ˌklaʊd ˈkʊkuː lænd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌklaʊd ˈkʊkuː lænd//
(British English) (North American English la-la land) [uncountable] (informal, disapproving)
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if you say that somebody is living in cloud cuckoo land, you mean that they do not understand what a situation is really like, but think it is much better than it is Word Originlate 19th cent.: translation of Greek Nephelokokkugia, the name of the city built by the birds in Aristophanes' comedy Birds, from nephelē ‘cloud’ + kokkux ‘cuckoo’.

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