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wishful thinking

noun [U] uk   /ˌwɪʃ.fəl ˈθɪŋ.kɪŋ/ us  
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, then?" "No, it's just wishful thinking."
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