1

never-never

noun

Definition of never-never

plural -s
1 or never-never land or less commonly never-never country
a (1) Australia :sparsely settled country in the northern and western part of Queensland
(2) :a remote or sparsely settled region :a barren or frontier area
(1) never-never land :an ideal or imaginary place or region
  • that never-never land of true romance and pure love
  • —Rollene W. Saal
(2) :an exotic place
  • a never-never land of poodles and chauffeurs
  • —Kathryn Livingston
; also :an absurd or indeterminate situation
  • was capital disappearing into an unproductive never-never land?
  • —Gregg Easterbrook
2 :an illusory existence
3
[reduplication of never]
British :a system of installment purchase

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Origin and Etymology of never-never

short for never-never land, probably from reduplication of never + land


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never-never

adjective

Definition of never-never

:characterized by an imaginary, idealistic, or fantastic quality
  • the never-never rhetoric … which had to do with perfect justice and perfect harmony
  • —Jane Kramer

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Origin and Etymology of never-never

never-never land


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