never-never land

noun
nev·​er-nev·​er land | \ ˌne-vər-ˈne-vər- How to pronounce never-never land (audio) \

Definition of never-never land

: an ideal or imaginary place

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Examples of never-never land in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ownership of both is a must for the haves and a never-never land for the have-nots. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Job losses for high earners hit the economy. For low-wage workers, they hit home," 9 Oct. 2020 Of course, this abject failure is nothing new in the never-never land of presidential debates. Washington Post, "Rewrite that list of debate topics, Chris Wallace. And put the climate crisis at No. 1.," 24 Sep. 2020 But for ten days every June, when the Aspen Ideas Festival is in full swing, a technicolour fever dream descends and the campus becomes a corporate never-never land. The Economist, "Inside Aspen: the mountain retreat for the liberal elite," 11 Oct. 2019 Off to never-never land: Thousands drive, bike, walk and board packed trains to Metallica concert at Chase Center. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: A pretty penny for a piece of PG&E," 9 Sep. 2019 Its occasional bombshell scoops reside in a never-never land between rumor and accepted fact. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Michael Cohen Bribery Scandal Is Now a Trump Bribery Scandal," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of never-never land

1900, in the meaning defined above

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22 Oct 2020

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“Never-never land.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/never-never%20land. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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never-never land

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How to pronounce never-never land (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of never-never land

: an imaginary place without problems

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