Dixie

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Dixie

1. the southern states of the US; the states that joined the Confederacy during the Civil War
2. a song adopted as a marching tune by the Confederate states during the American Civil War
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

Dixie

popular name for Southern states in U.S. and for song. [Am. Hist.: EB, III: 587]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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At first I thought they were whistling Dixie because I did not have a farm, just a huge front and back yard and felt that COUNTRYSIDE would not serve my purpose of reading short, real-life and genuinely helpful articles that came from those that had done what I was trying to do in a smaller area!
The usual shuffling about and whistling Dixie as Shanghai entertains brighter sparks?
There is a terrific set piece in the middle of this film - Wales's betrayal by the boatman whistling Dixie, but Eastwood loves to throw in all sorts of contradictions.
In Streets on Fire Jessee told us he "liked to fall on his face," and his head-high methods to fakie proved he wasn't just whistling Dixie. Retiring early, his overt weirdness and strange TV and film appearances have kept the legions intrigued.
Kanehsatake's Dan David dispels this myth by providing the most in-depth analysis of the situation at Kanehsatake to date in his column "Aboriginal media just whistling Dixie."
Mrs Reveley's other challenger, Whistling Dixie, finished 17th, two places ahead of the Alistair Whillans-trained Eastern Tribute.
There are only the 30 of them whizzing round Leopardstown to choose from and the British challenge is led by Whistling Dixie, trained by the Canny Granny herself, Mary Reveley.
When I comment on the South and racism in the context of writing about art, I'm not just whistling Dixie. Where you get off as the self-anointed spokesperson for everyone born below the Mason-Dixon line escapes me, but let me congratulate you anyway, Hamlett, for stepping up to defend the honor of "the people of the South"--only, sorry, we don't need it.
In-form Whistling Dixie will be hard to beat under a 6lb penalty in the Coral Eurobet Hurdle.
Sent off a 16-1 chance for the second division of the Ladbroke Maybury Casino Novices' Hurdle, the five-year-old looked tapped for toe as Whistling Dixie and Ambushed battled for the lead two out.
We've done research, and as far as planned communities go, well, you're whistling Dixie."
"A lot of developers are building business plans that predict sales of 200,000 to 400,000 CD's, but they're whistling Dixie," he says.