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airy-fairy

adjective uk   /ˌeə.riˈfeə.ri/ us    /ˌer.iˈfer.i/ UK informal
not practical or not based on the situation as it really is: She's talking about buying an old castle in Ireland. It all sounds a bit airy-fairy to me.
Translations of “airy-fairy”
in Chinese (Traditional) 想像出來的, 不切實際的, 空洞的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 想象出来的, 不切实际的, 空洞的…
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