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wishful thinking

noun [U]  /ˈwɪʃ·fəl ˈθɪŋ·kɪŋ/ us  
the imagining of an unlikely future event or situation that you wish were possible: We talked about buying a house someday, but right now it’s just wishful thinking.
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