Barmacide-feast Definition


(idiomatic) Something that appears highly desirable, but proves to be imaginary, illusory and ultimately very disappointing.


Origin of Barmacide-feast

  • Derives from a story (The Story of the Barber's Sixth Brother) of a hungry beggar invited by a Barmacide (Barmakids) prince to a banquet, which proved a long succession of merely empty dishes, and which he enjoyed with such seeming gusto and such good-humour as to earn for himself a sumptuous real one.

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