whistle Dixie

vp To be mistaken. If you think you can make a good hotrod for $2000, you're whistling Dixie. 1940s

Historical dictionary of American slang . 2014.

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  • whistle Dixie — Dixie Dix ie (d[i^]ks [y^]), prop. n. 1. A colloquial name for the Southern portion of the United States, esp. during the Civil War. [U.S.] Syn: Dixieland, Dixie Land, the Confederacy, Confederate States of America, the South. Syn: . [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whistle Dixie — verb To engage in idle conversational fantasies. He said he was going to open a business next year, but I think he was just whistling Dixie …   Wiktionary

  • whistle Dixie — engage in unrealistic fantasies; waste one s time until you nail down the facts, you re just whistling Dixie …   Useful english dictionary

  • whistle Dixie — idi to indulge in unrealistically optimistic fantasies …   From formal English to slang

  • whistle Dixie N. Amer. — whistle Dixie N. Amer. informal engage in unrealistic fantasies. → Dixie …   English new terms dictionary

  • Dixie — Dix ie (d[i^]ks [y^]), prop. n. 1. A colloquial name for the Southern portion of the United States, esp. during the Civil War. [U.S.] Syn: Dixieland, Dixie Land, the Confederacy, Confederate States of America, the South. Syn: . [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whistle — {{11}}whistle (n.) tubular musical instrument, O.E. hwistle (see WHISTLE (Cf. whistle) (v.)). To wet one s whistle take a drink (late 14c.) originally may have referred to pipes, or be an allusion to the throat as a sort of pipe. Phrase clean as… …   Etymology dictionary

  • whistle — whis•tle [[t]ˈ(h)wɪs əl, ˈwɪs [/t]] v. tled, tling, n. 1) to make a high clear musical sound or a series of such sounds by forcing the breath through puckered lips or through the teeth 2) to produce sounds resembling a whistle, as by blowing on… …   From formal English to slang

  • Dixie — /dik see/, n. 1. Also called Dixieland, Dixie Land. the southern states of the United States, esp. those that were formerly part of the Confederacy. 2. (italics) any of several songs with this name, esp. the minstrel song (1859) by D. D. Emmett,… …   Universalium

  • Dixie — noun an informal name for the Southern states of the US. Phrases whistle Dixie N. Amer. informal engage in unrealistic fantasies. Origin C19: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

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