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airy-fairy

Meaning: overly idealistic, lacking down-to-earth common sense

For example:

  • When hippies appeared in the sixties, their ideas about peace and love were called airy-fairy nonsense.

  • Johnny reckons the New Age people he sometimes meets talk about airy-fairy stuff like "aura healings" and "past-life therapy".

Quick Quiz:

They started talking about all this airy-fairy stuff when the conversation turned to
  1. Formula One car racing
  2. spirituality and philosophy
  3. aircraft and air travel

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