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never-never

[nev-er-nev-er] /ˈnɛv ərˈnɛv ər/
noun
2.
British Slang. hire-purchase system.
adjective
3.
not real or true; imaginary or ideal; illusory:
the never-never world of the cinema.
Origin of never-never
1880-1885
1880-85
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  • What castles in fairyland they build for us, what never-never ships they send to sea!

    Hempfield David Grayson
  • Sadly enough, there are too many who never-never do leave it.

    We of the Never-Never Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn
  • No, in the never-never Land there had been only his father and he!

    The Valiants of Virginia Hallie Erminie Rives
  • We'll teach you all the songs of the never-never in time; listen!

    We of the Never-Never Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn
  • It's a good thing that out in the "never-never" I've lived with the aborigines and studied their primitive religions a bit.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • But there are some things that belong to the never-never land and may not be done here.

    The Garden, You, and I Mabel Osgood Wright
  • "There's time enough for everything in the never-never," he said.

    We of the Never-Never Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn
  • The white rug was the magic entrance to the never-never Country, known only to those two.

    The Valiants of Virginia Hallie Erminie Rives
  • It is not a story of a never-never land where fantastic happenings take place daily.

    The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for never-never

never-never

noun
1.
the hire-purchase system of buying
2.
(Austral) remote desert country, as that of W Queensland and central Australia
adjective
3.
imaginary; idyllic (esp in the phrase never-never land)
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