pie in the sky

noun
pie1 ( def 8 ).

Origin:
1910–15, Americanism

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pie in the sky definition


A preposterously optimistic goal: “The candidate says we can balance the budget by next year, but I think that's pie in the sky.”

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pie in the sky

An empty wish or promise, as in His dream of being hired as a sports editor proved to be pie in the sky. This expression was first recorded in 1911 in a rallying song of a union, the International Workers of the World (or "Wobblies"): "Work and pray, live on hay, you'll get pie in the sky when you die."

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
The launderers got our dough and walked on top of the eco frenzy that was fostered on pie in the sky idealism and green chatter.
They are pie in the sky and will always crash the mission.
Pie in the sky promises could spell investment fraud.
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