somewhere over the rainbow

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Popularized from the song Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland, written by Harold Arlen (music) and E.Y. Harburg (lyrics) for the film The Wizard of Oz

Adverb[edit]

somewhere over the rainbow (comparative more somewhere over the rainbow, superlative most somewhere over the rainbow)

  1. (idiomatic) at an unknown, hypothetical, or very distant place
    • 1996, Ann DuCille, Skin Trade
      Perhaps somewhere over the rainbow there is a land where equality and justice are colorblind, where no one is the other, where no one by virtue of race, gender, or sexual orientation is an outcast or an anomaly.
    • 1939, Judy Garland, Over the Rainbow
      Somewhere over the rainbow
      Way up high,
      There's a land that I heard of
      Once in a lullaby