head in the clouds

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head in the clouds (comparative more head in the clouds, superlative most head in the clouds)

  1. (idiomatic) Having fantastic or impractical dreams; thinking impractically.
    • 1917, Henry Handel Richardson, Australia Felix, Part III, Chapter III,
      "Well, dear, you can't expect to jump into a big practice all at once, can you? But you see, I think the trouble is, not nearly enough people know you've started." And a little imploringly, and very apologetically, Polly unfolded her artless schemes for self-advertisement.
      "Wife, I've a grave suspicion!" said Mahony, and took her by the chin. "While I've sat here with my head in the clouds, you've been worrying over ways and means, and over having such an unpractical old dreamer for a husband. Now, child, that won't do. I didn't marry to have my girl puzzling her little brains where her next day's dinner was to come from. Away with you, to your stitching! Things will be all right, trust to me."
      And Polly did trust him, and was so satisfied with what she had effected that, raising her face for a kiss, she retired with an easy mind to overhaul Johnny's little wardrobe.
    • 1994, Roy F. Baumeister, Sara R. Wotman, Breaking Hearts: The Two Sides of Unrequited Love, page 72:
      She was also one of the few girls without her head in the clouds.
  2. (idiomatic) Daydreaming; thinking about matters other than the present reality.
    • 1860, Charles Dickens, All the Year Round, Volumes 3-4,
      No one ever expected him to work; he would see his little sister stooping under the weight of the great milk-pails, and never think of helping her; he lived with his head in the clouds, but his father said, "Let him alone, he'll be a great man some day."

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