castle in the air

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n castle in the air absentminded dreaming while awake
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Castle in the air a visionary project; a baseless scheme; an air castle; -- sometimes called a castle in SpainF. Château en Espagne).
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Quotations

  • Henrik Ibsen
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    “Castles in the air - -they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build as well.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “If you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards.”

Idioms

Castles in the air - Plans that are impractical and will never work out are castles in the air.
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Usage

In literature:

FROM "THE CASTLE IN THE AIR," TO THE "LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III. 1791-1804" by Thomas Paine
Sometimes a dozen of ghosts would appear in the air above the castle dancing.
"Apparitions; or, The Mystery of Ghosts, Hobgoblins, and Haunted Houses Developed" by Joseph Taylor
The castle that hovered in the air stands all at once on the earth, a substantial and splendid building.
"Weird Tales, Vol. II." by E. T. A. Hoffmann
But when it comes to building, Pee-wee himself is a master builder of castles in the air.
"Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
It seemed to her that she was flying up to Fata Morgana in her castle in the air.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Various
Like the ruins of a castle they were heaped high in air.
"Brood of the Dark Moon" by Charles Willard Diffin
The "nice-looking boy" meanwhile was cantering homeward in the twilight, building castles in the air at a furious rate.
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley" by Bertram Mitford
The room was full of a cloud of smoke, and under its soothing influence the friends were building castles in the air.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
Why are young children like castles in the air?
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
It saves us from building castles in the air or living in a fool's paradise.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
The castle rose again in the air, firm and substantial.
"Trevethlan: Volume 1" by William Davy Watson
Instead of the walls of Jericho falling, his own castles in the air would come tumbling about his ears.
"Through the Postern Gate" by Florence L. Barclay
I had a castle in the air, and in the castle lived a knight.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
Do you recollect the castles in the air we used to build at St.
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 6 of 6" by Eugène Sue
The collapse of a golden castle in the air had caused Monsieur le Comte to despair.
"A Blot on the Scutcheon" by May Wynne
But Barbara was averse to building any castles in the air which she had small chance of being able to materialize.
"The Graysons" by Edward Eggleston
No man ought to live in castles in the air.
"Through Night to Light" by Friedrich Spielhagen
Ambition built his castles in the air; nothing very noble.
"Willing to Die" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
There is great danger, however, that his castles in the air may fall to the ground through taking too much for granted.
"Garden Ornaments" by Mary H. Northend
Really now, he had a castle ... in the air?...
"Six Women and the Invasion" by Gabrielle Yerta
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In poetry:

Dear friend, you are only dreaming,
Your castle so stately and fair
Is only a fanciful structure,--
A castle in the air.
"My Castle" by Horatio Alger Jr
Dear friend, you are only dreaming,
Your castle so stately and fair
Is only a fanciful structure,—
A castle in the air.
"The Castle" by Horatio Alger Jr
The phantoms have flown which I cherished;
The dreams which delighted have passed;
My castles in air have all perished—
I grieved o'er the fall of the last.
"Retrospection" by David John Scott
Build on, and make thy castles high and fair,
Rising and reaching upward to the skies;
Listen to voices in the upper air,
Nor lose thy simple faith in mysteries.
"The Castle-Builder. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Third)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And oh, when, all lone, the gentle star of evening
Came crinkling into the blue,
A magical castle we saw in the air, like a cloud of moonlight,
As onward we flew;
"Suppose" by Walter de la Mare
One night, it was in winter time,
The Castle bell was tolling;
The air was still, the Moon was seen,
Sporting, her starry train between,
The thin clouds round her rolling.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

More than 200 airmen from the Delaware Air National Guard 's 166th Airlift Wing began several days of training when they deployed this past weekend from New Castle to the training center in Alpena, Mich. By Staff reports.
Castles in the Air A novel about a city built by collective imagination.
"Ice cream castles in the air …".
From the castle in the air to the little corner of the world.
And more, the castles in the air rising around New York City are a combination of one landlord's castle and another landlord's air.
The company previously hoped to develop a project at the former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, he said.
Castle in the Air Photography .
Claire Ritter Castles in the Air River of Joy Zoning.
Or Castle in the Air.
The air quality permit for a cement plant in Castle Hayne is now officially "final.".
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In science:

Herding due to technical as well as behavioral mechanisms creates positive feedback mechanisms, which lead to self-organized cooperation and the development of possible instabilities or to the “building of castles in the air”, to paraphrase Malkiel (Malkiel, 1990).
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
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