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wishful thinkingnoun [U]

uk   /ˌwɪʃ.fəl ˈθɪŋ.kɪŋ/  us   /ˌwɪʃ.fəl ˈθɪŋ.kɪŋ/
the imagining or discussion of a very unlikely future event or situation as if it were possible and might one day happen: "Do you think you might be in line for promotion?" "No, it's just wishful thinking."
(Definition of wishful thinking from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wishful thinkingnoun [U]

 us   /ˈwɪʃ·fəl ˈθɪŋ·kɪŋ/
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.
(Definition of wishful thinking from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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