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    optimistic pessimist is offline Senior Member
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    Castle in the sand

    Hi, teachers!

    When you hear someone suggest an unrealistic solution to a problem, do you say, "That sounds like a castle in the sand" or "It's a painting in the sky"?
    I've heard a Japanese economist use these idioms in an interview session on TV. However, I have never heard them used in real English communication ,and they are not in my dictionaries.
    Do you think they are popular expressions?

    Thank you!

    optimistic pessimist

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: Castle in the sand

    Then the foolish man built his house on sand

    This comes from the Bible - in a parable from the Gospel of St Matthew, and means that the basis of something is uncertain. Your source has the sayings slightly confused - the other saying is "Castles in the air" - impossible dreams.

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