Fantasy land

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 January, 2012, 12:00am


'Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles'

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), American architect

In cloud cuckoo land

What or where is...?

1 cloud cuckoo land

a. an aviary for wild birds

b. a state of mind in which someone thinks something impossible will happen

2 no-man's land

a. an area between two countries that belongs to neither of them

b. a piece of farmland where nothing will grow

3 never-never land

a. an imaginary place where everything is perfect

b. the top section of a mountain

4 the land of nod

a. sleep

b. the Arctic

5 the land of milk and honey

a. a restaurant in which the food is good and cheap

b. a country where living conditions are good and people can make a lot of money

6 dry land

a. the lower deck of a ship

b. land as opposed to sea or water

Landing with a bang

What are the meanings of these verb phrases?

1 to land with a bang

a. to arrive somewhere with a lot of noise and publicity

b. to play a trick on someone

2 to land somebody in a load of trouble

a. to dislike someone a great deal

b. to do something that causes a lot of trouble for someone

3 to land in clover

a. to lose a lot of money

b. to suddenly find yourself in a very good situation

4 to find out how the land lies

a. to explore a part of town that you do not know

b. to get all the information about a situation before you do anything

5 to land someone with something

a. to cause someone a great deal of embarrassment

b. to cause someone a big problem

A rough landing

Complete these sentences with the correct words

1 You should ................. before you take that new job.

a. land with a bang

b. find out how the land lies

2 I hated that boat trip last weekend. I couldn't wait to get back to .....

a. dry land.

b. the land of nod.

3 I have secret information that could .............

a. land my boss in a load of trouble.

b. send my boss to never-never land.

4 Don't disturb him now! Leave him in .................... We'll wake him when we're ready to go.

a. the land of milk and honey.

b. the land of nod.

5 If you tell my dad I've been thrown off the school football team, you will .........

a. land me in a load of trouble.

b. land with a bang.

6 He's ............ since he met his new girlfriend. Her parents are very rich.

a. landed in clover

b. landed in trouble


What is happening here? Match each of these statements with their meaning.

1 He's landed on his feet.

2 He recently visited the Land of the Midnight Sun.

3 He's living off the fat of the land.

4 He's living in la-la land.

a. He's very rich and enjoying the best of everything.

b. His life is good and comfortable after having a tough time.

c. He will not accept the reality of the situation.

d. He has just come back from the Arctic Circle.


In cloud cuckoo land

1. b, 2. a, 3. a, 4. a, 5. b, 6. b.

Landing with a bang

1. a, 2. b, 3. b 3. b 5. b.

A rough landing

1. b, 2. a, 3. a, 4. b, 5. a, 6. a.


1. b, 2. d, 3. a, 4. c.