head in the clouds

head in the clouds

Meaning

  • daydreaming or absentminded
  • be unaware of what is going on
  • not being actively aware of your present situation
  • thinking in an illogical or delusional manner

Example Sentences

  1. He roams around all night with his head in the clouds.
  2. Kim does not like the logic and keeps his head in the clouds all the time.
  3. Lolita has her head in the clouds if she thinks she will win the tournament.
  4. The government has its head in the clouds when it comes to the rebels.
  5. He is not right for this job; he has his head in the clouds.
  6. Most of the time she is having her head in the clouds.

Origin

The earliest use of this expression dates back to the mid-1600s. The origins are uncertain beyond that is probably the imagery of a very creative person. At that time humans did not have airplanes so aviation was not a concept that inspired the idiom. Clouds were considered out of the reach or impossible to humans. In this regards, when a person used to talk impossible or stupid things people used to refer him as his head is in the clouds. And when a person misjudged a situation people used to tell him to consider the ground realities seriously and come down from the clouds.

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AuthorTheIdioms.com writes on 25th November 2017

@Fiona Mackenzie

Thank you very much for you time and kindness.

AuthorFiona Mackenzie writes on 24th November 2017

Adi writes:
In example it should be her head not his head please correct it.

You write: @Adi
Thank you very much to report the error. We just corrected it.

It should be Thank you very much for reporting the error.
This Idiom is listed as Head in the clouds.
It should be Having one’s/his/her head in the clouds or To have your head in the clouds
Meaning : Be unaware of what’s going on.
This idiom refers to the type of person who is frequently found day dreaming or lost in their own thoughts, with subsequently less attention to the here and now – not necessarily being unaware of what’s going on.
Example: Most of the time she is having her head in the clouds.
It should be : Most of the time she has her head in the clouds.
She must be in some deep trouble – this sentence has no relevance to the idiom. Having your head in the clouds has nothing to do with being in trouble.

AuthorTheIdioms.com writes on 23rd November 2017

@Adi
Thank you very much for reporting the error.

AuthorAdi writes on 22nd November 2017

In example It should be her head not his head please correct it.

AuthorKenny writes on 18th November 2017

Best Website

AuthorHailey writes on 22nd October 2017

A useful website. I was facing a problem in framing its sentence but your example helped me a lot to do that. Thanks!

AuthorJoel writes on 8th November 2015

Great Website !

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