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    Default I need an idiom about daydreaming

    When someone was dayreaming or lost in thought, if another person came near her, what do she tell her? We say "Whereabouts you dive into again" in Turkish. What about in English?

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    Default Re: I need an idiom about daydreaming

    Hi Tinkerbell,

    In Spanish we use the expression "you are on the moon." So I looked for translations of it (since I didn't know the English idiom and this is what I found: live in a dream world, live in cloud cuckoo land, be in cloud cuckoo land. I hope native English speakers may confirm if this is correct, and maybe add some more.

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    Default Re: I need an idiom about daydreaming

    Thank you very much, Charlie :)

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    Default Re: I need an idiom about daydreaming

    Please, I need help. I'm posting the context.


    After waiter received the orders and went, Ella put her hands on her lap and started to daydream again with the company of musician’s slow melody coming from the mezzanine across the dining hall.

    If I can marry with him, I wonder what a life I had? thought to herself. To marry an Englishman and to live in England, who knows what a wonderful thing. But, let me see… he said that he is Irish I think. Never mind, we would live in Dublin then. Probably it’s better than that Java Hell.

    “Ella, would you like to wine?”

    “Hmm?”

    When Ella turned to real world, saw that reappearing waiter was pouring wine to her sister’s and brother-in-law’s glasses.

    “Where have you been lost again, honey?”
    Something like this one.

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    Default Re: I need an idiom about daydreaming

    Sorry – I've not really been taking this thread in; I was miles away.

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    Default Re: I need an idiom about daydreaming

    Have your head in the clouds. (We have a moon-related idiom in English too, but it doesn't mean you're day-dreaming. If you're 'over the moon' you're just pleased about something.)

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    Default Re: I need an idiom about daydreaming

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post

    After the waiter received the orders and went, Ella put her hands on her lap and started to daydream again to the company accompaniment of a musician’s slow melody coming from the mezzanine across the dining hall.

    "If I can could marry with him, I wonder what sort of (a) life I had would have? ," she thought to herself. "To marry an Englishman and to live in England, who knows what a wonderful thing that could be.? But, let me see… he said that he is Irish, I think. Never mind, we would live in Dublin then. Probably it’s better than that Java Hell".

    “Ella, would you like to some wine?”

    “Hmm?”

    When Ella returned to the real world, saw that reappearing the waiter had reappeared and was pouring wine into her sister’s and brother-in-law’s glasses.

    “Where have you been lost again, honey?”
    "Where have you been?" conveys the message.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: I need an idiom about daydreaming

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    When someone was dayreaming or lost in thought, if another person came near her, what do she tell her? We say "Whereabouts you dive into again" in Turkish. What about in English?
    I'm not sure who's asking, but if it is the person not daydreaming, how about A penny for your thoughts?

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    Default Re: I need an idiom about daydreaming

    In fact the idiom is so well known that it's often abbreviated: 'Penny for them'. (Primary stress is on 'Penny' with secondary stress on 'for' - unlike in the full version given above - and the vowel in 'them' is a schwa.)

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    Default Re: I need an idiom about daydreaming

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Have your head in the clouds. (We have a moon-related idiom in English too, but it doesn't mean you're day-dreaming. If you're 'over the moon' you're just pleased about something.)

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    You took the words right out of my mouth..

    "To have one's head in the clouds"

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