castles in the air

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - castles in the air

"castles in the air"

plans, hopes or dreams of future success which have very little chance of occurring


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - castles in the air

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How would it ever be possible to even think about challenging the number one brand in our market?

Colleague 2:  I would suggest that it is not possible. They are at least ten times bigger than we are.

Colleague 1:  Then why does the manager insist on building castles in the air pushing us to find ways to be number one?

Colleague 2:  I suppose the manager likes to think big, even though the expectations are fanciful.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - castles in the air

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  Well, I've applied to Harvard, Yale and Stanford. I sure hope I get in.

Student 2:  That is just castles in the air. You have a C plus academic record. You are dreaming if you think any of those universities would even consider your application.

Student 1:  It doesn't hurt to dream.

Student 2:  Just make sure that you apply to some other universities as well.

castles in the air - Usage:


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castles in the air - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for castles in the air.

castles in the air - Examples:

1)  It would have worked, and would still work, but instead we are building castles in the air that are supported by hot air.

2)  ... voters want and need is fair and objective reporting of the facts, not 'castles in the air' speculation.

3)  ... are formed in a mentally sloppy fashion - which they are - then they are castles in the air, without valid foundation.

4)  ... because it can paint fantastic pictures, create terrific models and build incredible castles in the air, and it almost invariably fails; at great cost.

5)  No dreams, no visions, no delicious fantasies, no castles in the air, ...

6)  ... your reasoning for it giving evolutionary advantage looks sound. But it's all just castles in the air really.

7)  ... visionary unattainable schemes; daydreams: my father built castles in the air about owning a boat.

8)  Positivity is not about building castles in the air made of fluff and fantasy. It does provide valid foundations that ...

9)  Till one to-day I was building castles in the air about hunting foxes in Shropshire, now llamas in South America.

10)  ... is why testing the conclusions by experiment is essential. It stops us from building castles in the air.

11)  ... builds elaborate castles in the air, based on nothing more than the pinprick of assumption.

12)  Wouldn't it be fun if all the castles in the air which we make could come true, and we could live in ...

13)  I was protected, free to think little-girl thoughts and build little-girl castles in the air.

14)  ... of rebellion at any moment. This is because such a self is forever building castles in the air, and just when it seems on the point of having the ...

15)  They live in their own castles in the air, totally bereft of the most basic human sensibilities. Shallow, empty, ...

16)  ... said to them (the halfhearted ones who are fooling away their time in building castles in the air): ...

17)  We shall be dismissed as "dreamers" or builders of "castles in the air."

18)  The Minister of Education says the opposition New Patriotic Party is building castles in the air with its promise of a free Senior High School education.

19)  ... plan, program or even action seeking instant success -- can be no more than castles in the air.

20)  I like imagining things, especially my own future. It's not like building castles in the air, but it's more about the future I want.