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"Pie in the sky" origin?

Posted by Patty on August 20, 2001

We know that "pie in the sky" is something expected or promised that isn't going to actually materialize. This is pretty much the common meaning of the phrase.

But where does it come from? Is it from a story? (Sort of the positive complement to the negative "cry 'wolf'" folk story and phrase meaning?

- Patty