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    Your talk is just like hot air => he says that now, but he will never do it/fullfil is promise etc. This doesn't mean it is unrealistic or it cannot be done.
    Eg. He said he would help me to move out, but he's just full of hot air and never called me back.

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    How about the other two?

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    Hot air - empty talk.

    Mirage - an illusion. (Can be real or all in your mind.)

    A castle in the air - Something unattainable.

    From a website, "It consisted partly of a gold mine in Eldorado, and of ten thousand shares in a broken bubble, and of half a million acres of vineyard at the North Pole, and of a castle in the air, and a chateau in Spain, together with all the rents and income there from accruing."

    All three are different.

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    Default Re: What do you call it?

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
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    castles in the air
    plans or hopes that have very little chance of happening

    mirage
    a hope or desire that has no chance of being achieved

    Your talk is just like hot air. It's a castle in the air. It's simply a mirage.


    All the same meaning?
    Not really. We usually say "he is full of hot air", not "his talk is just like hot air." It is a reference to a hot air balloon. Not much substance, mostly air.

    As others have said, a mirage is an illusion, something unreal.
    A "castle in the air" is an unachievable goal, a hopeless quest.

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    How do you like these?

    1. Every morning, we have a 9 o'clock meeting. The boss likes to gives us a pep talk. I think he's just full of hot air whenever he starts a deadly tedious pep-talking.


    2. Travelling around the world is a distant mirage for me now.


    3. Is getting full marks in GRE a castle in the air?

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    If learners discuss one thread on UE enthusiastically, and surprisingly, it eventually turned out to be no teachers getting involved, like a troop without a commander.

    How do you describe this situation?


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    What do you call "someone who is able to contact the spirit"

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    1. Every morning, we have a 9 o'clock meeting. The boss likes to gives us a pep talk. I think he's just full of hot air whenever he starts a deadly tedious pep-talking.
    Hmmm, not sure about this one. Full of hot air means all no talk and no action. If he says "we're (or I) gonna do this and that" but never do it, then it's fine. I think I'm being picky and it's ok, though :-p

    2. Travelling around the world is a distant mirage for me now.
    Not sure again. A mirage is something that you think exists, but it doesn't. Eg. He thinks he's a tremendous poker player and that it brings in sizeable winnings at the end of the year, but it's just a mirage: he has some lucky sessions but many losing ones.

    3. Is getting full marks in GRE a castle in the air?
    Ok, though the expression would probably be more suitable for some kind of project eg. Starting her own business in haute couture is a castle in the air.

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    If learners discuss one thread on UE enthusiastically, and surprisingly, it eventually turned out to be no teachers getting involved, like a troop without a commander.

    How do you describe this situation?
    ..and surprisingly, no teacher get involved in it (or "..it turns out that no teacher get involved...").

    I call that a dereliction of duty

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    What do you call "someone who is able to contact the spirit"
    A crook

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