Castle in the Air
A splendid edifice, but one which has no existence. In fairy
tales we often have these castles built at a word, and vanishing as
soon, like that built for Aladdin by the Genius of the Lamp. These
air-castles are called by the French Châteaux d'Espagne,
because Spain has no châteaux. We also find the expression Châteaux
en Asie for a similar reason. (See Chateau .)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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