pie in the sky

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A belief that one's wildest dreams shall come true.
A devotee, of pie in the sky is prone to believe the most impossible possibility. The taller the tale you can spin, the greater chance he'll buy into it!

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  • The phrase is originally from the song “The Preacher and the Slave” by Swedish-American labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill, which he wrote as a parody of the Salvation Army hymn “In the Sweet By-and-By”. The song criticizes the Salvation Army for focusing on people’s salvation rather than on their material needs:
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Josephine is leaning on the promises of the new manager to bring in new computers though the firm is filing Chapter 13! Josephine is one to go along with pie in the sky assertions and predictions.

Submitted by WerterBuch on August 16, 2015

Additional definitions for 'pie in the sky':

pie in the skyIt is an offer to give something good to someone, however there is nothing firm about it or it is unlikely to materialize.
Pie in the SkyTo expect something impossible, to hope for something unrealistic
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