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Unattainability

See also Impossibility.
Elixir of Life
fabulous potion conferring immortality. [Medieval Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 371]
Fountain of Youth
legendary fountain of eternal youth. [World Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 432]
perpetual motion machine
machine operating of itself forever. [World Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 823]
Philosopher’s Stone
substance supposed to convert base metal to gold. [Medieval Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 829]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Women aged 18 to 49, for example, are significantly more likely than older women--and men in all age groups--to say that even by working hard and playing by the rules, the American dream is unattainable for them in their lifetime.
Qassemi lashed out at Trump for making claims that Tehran was willing to negotiate, saying "he simply makes impossible, unrealistic, and unattainable wishes in his speeches."
It is unrealistic, and socially unattainable, to demand that Greece achieve a general government primary surplus of 3.5 percent of GDP from 2018 and beyond.
Edwards agrees that the pursuit of perfection is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as the person pursuing understands and accepts that he or she will fall short of such an unattainable goal.
The "Royals" hitmaker made the mistake of calling the 24-year-old songstress "perfect and unattainable," which some people thought was an insult in disguise of a praise.
Between busy schedules and small apartments, the demands of owning a pet can be unattainable for many city residents.
As the British No.1 started his bid for victory with a comfortable win over Benjamin Becker yesterday, researchers from the University of Birmingham investigated why athletes who recognise when a goal is unattainable and switch their focus to other objectives are the most successful.
This means that a sexy and stimulating body makes people feel a lack of control, as these bodies are considered difficult to attain or even unattainable," Oliva stated.
Inside, professional and amateur sportsmen alike could compete against each other thanks to an innovative series of visual tools devised by the digital agency Hush that, according to cofounder David Schwarz, simplified the "display of unattainable, adored, Olympic-level athleticism."
The new film adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Chicken With Plums features Nasser-Ali Khan, a master violinist so heartbroken by his unattainable love, Irane (above), that he decides to wait for death to come claim him.