la-la land

\ˈlä-ˌlä- \

Definition of la-la land 

: a euphoric dreamlike mental state detached from the harsher realities of life

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Stop beating yourself up for drifting off to la-la land. Tori Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "5 "Bad" Habits That Are Actually Good for You," 3 Aug. 2016 Many of the investors were Hoosiers in Hollywood, midlife businessmen from boring industries in the Corn Belt heeding la-la land’s age-old siren call. Benjamin Wallace, HWD, "Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of la-la land

1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for la-la land

perhaps from la-la nonsense syllables in the refrains of songs

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English Language Learners Definition of la-la land

: the mental state of someone who is not aware of what is really happening

La-La Land —used as a nickname for Los Angeles, California

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obstinately defiant of authority

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