blue-sky

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adjective

1
: marked by a blue cloudless sky : clear
On a blue-sky day, it's easy to look up into the far-reaching atmosphere and marvel at the wonders that it holds …Nick Carbone
2
a
: characterized by unconstrained optimism or imagination : visionary
People need more quiet time to let their creative juices flow, time for blue-sky thinking early in a project, before too many constraints are applied.Tim Stevens
For a four-hour block on Saturdays, she might be a CEO in blue-sky mode, thinking exclusively about long-term strategy.David Zax
b
: overly optimistic about the future : unrealistic
A world without potential war between major countries was until two years ago the stuff of utopian novels, blue-sky dreams of minds not grounded in reality.Tom Clancy
One of the issues that raises its head increasingly in crowdfunding is the danger that people may try and launch dubious campaigns to raise finance for blue-sky products that have no chance of success or even working.John Kennedy
3
a
: having little or no value
blue-sky stock
b
: of or relating to blue-sky laws
blue-sky regulations

blue-sky

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verb

blue-skied also blue-skyed; blue-skying; blue-skies

transitive + intransitive

: to offer ideas that are conceived by unrestrained imagination or optimism
When you get the developers in a room blue-skying about the things that they want to do, it's incredible—these are really brilliant people who want to do great things.Shari Steele
Those people have blue-skied and pushed the envelope and wandered around aimlessly outside the box as if their lives depended upon it.Jay Rayner
But innovators, when they blue-sky an idea, don't dwell on words like "equity" and "business plan," he [Patrick Dowd] says. Instead it's about "vision and passion" and daring to fail.Richard Leiby

blue sky

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noun

plural blue skies
1
: a time or situation marked by easy progress or success
Growth is back to its old powerhouse levels; there seems to be nothing but blue sky ahead on the inflation front.Amity Shlaes
Before such blue skies actually arrive, however, several major problems will have to be resolved.Harry F. Walters et al.
2
: overly optimistic and unrealistic thinking about the future
But this is all blue sky because … there is nothing remotely close to a commercial prototype.Gregg Easterbrook

Examples of blue-sky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
David Bengali's crisp, blue-sky projections clash with the set's earthy tones, while the varied circus animals lack any visual cohesion. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2024 Awards season chatter about the dark stylings of Oppenheimer, snow-white chill of Anatomy of a Fall, and the hot pink highlights of Barbie ends tonight, when the 2024 Oscar winners turn major contenders' blue-sky dreams into gold at the 96th Academy Awards. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 10 Mar. 2024 These are blue-sky solutions to spark imagination, joy, and curiosity. Afdhel Aziz, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 On a blue-sky July morning, only four hikers were taking selfies against the endless backdrop of undulating Rocky Mountains. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, 23 July 2023 Just see where blue-sky thinkers overcome flagpole-runners, or where needle-movers beat out ocean-boilers. Gabriela Riccardi, Quartz, 13 June 2023
Noun
Fashioned from pan-African basketry techniques rendered in an industrial form with steel rods and bronze knotting, a sleek, elegant, Ife-style head is set before a ledge against a backdrop of blue sky and rolling green hills. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2024 When Brosnan marked his milestone 70th birthday back in May 2023, Keely Shaye celebrated the occasion by posting a snapshot of her husband posing against a backdrop of yellow flowers and a blue sky to Instagram. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 17 May 2024 Music filled the air and the sounds of horns rose from an armada of more than 1,000 boats that came to welcome the Belem under blue skies in the calm, glittering harbor. Ségolène Le Stradic, New York Times, 8 May 2024 The podcaster shared a reel with all the fun, which included a boat ride, clear waters, blue skies, and plenty of cocktails. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 6 May 2024 Book Now Montego Bay, Jamaica Image Courtesy of Sandals Royal Caribbean Famed for its white sand beaches, bright blue skies, and top-notch golf, this port city in Jamaica is ideal for a getaway with mom that prioritizes the outdoors. Juliet Izon, Glamour, 3 May 2024 Above us a great eagle flapped his wings ponderously against the invisible air current in the polished blue sky, labored hard, got nowhere. Jack O'Connor, Outdoor Life, 2 May 2024 In that clip, she’s seen wearing a hot pink midi bodycon dress with a couple of cutouts, posing on a pier and looking up at the clear blue sky. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 2 May 2024 Still more arrived after changing plans, swapping out destinations in cloudy Texas for what turned out to be largely clear blue skies in Indiana. USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1957, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blue-sky was in 1852

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“Blue-sky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue-sky. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

blue-sky

adjective
1
: having little or no value
blue-sky stock
2
: of or relating to blue-sky laws

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