flight of fancy/imagination/fantasy

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of flight of fancy/imagination/fantasy

: an idea, story, etc., that shows great imagination but is very unlikely to be true or practical
  • The book is filled with flights of fancy about the future of the computer industry.
  • flights of imagination about becoming a superstar

Word by Word Definitions

flight play
  1. : an act or instance of passing through the air by the use of wings

  2. : the ability to fly

  3. : a passing through the air or through space outside the earth's atmosphere

  1. : flush

  2. : to rise, settle, or fly in a flock

  1. : an act or instance of running away

fancy play
  1. : to have a fancy (see 2fancy 1) for : like

  2. : to form a conception of : imagine

  3. : to believe mistakenly or without evidence

  1. : a liking formed by caprice rather than reason : inclination

  2. : amorous fondness : love

  3. : notion, whim

  1. : dependent or based on fancy : whimsical

  2. : not plain : ornamental

  3. : swank, posh

imagination play
  1. : the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality

  2. : creative ability

  3. : ability to confront and deal with a problem : resourcefulness

fantasy play
  1. : hallucination

  2. : fancy

  3. : a creation of the imaginative faculty whether expressed or merely conceived: such as

  1. : fantasize

  1. : of, relating to, or being a game in which participants create and manage imaginary teams consisting of players from a particular sport and scoring is based on the statistical performances of the actual players


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