la-la land

la-la land

[lah-lah]
noun Slang.
1.
a state of being out of touch with reality.
2.
(usually initial capital letters) Los Angeles.

Origin:
1980–85; reduplication of L.A., abbreviation of Los Angeles

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La-La land (ˈlɑːˌlɑː)
 
n
1.  a nickname for Los Angeles
2.  (not capitals) a place that is remote from reality
 
[C20: reduplication of the initials LA]

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la-la land

  1. Los Angeles, California (often abbreviated L.A.). This expression pokes fun at the alleged eccentricities of the city's inhabitants. For example, What do you expect? Frederick has lived in la-la land for ten years and it has rubbed off on him. [Slang; c. 1980]

  2. A state of being out of touch with reality, as in I don't know what's going on with Amyshe seems to be in la-la land. [Slang; c. 1980] Also see cloud-cuckoo land; never-never land.

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