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There is a chinese idiom called 想入非非:

to indulge in fantasy

Is there is an english idiom that is similar to this?

Searching gave me this strange "idiom":

allow one's fancy to run wild

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是非
right and wrong

是是非非
right and wrong

非非之想
wishful thinking

想入非非
indulge in flights of fancy (flights = 量词)

是谁一直在让他想入非非的?
Who has been putting ideas in his head?

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest in Act IV, Scene 1.

Prospero: You do look, my son, in a moved sort,
As if you were dismay’d: be cheerful, sir.
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

Just thought I'd try and squeeze 想入非非 into Prospero's mouth!

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
我们就是想入非非的材料而我们的生活在睡眠里休止。

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Let your imagination run wild

take your entire process at your own pace Source

Many websites show that this chinese idiom is similar to the one above:

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想入非非、(安身立命)等詞語,它們源自對佛經的翻譯

additionally, according to Sir TL Tang (a Hong Kong professor),

「想入非非」(是胡思亂想),英文是to allow the fancy to run wild。不過這些翻譯不如原文般用字精練和生動

http://rthk9.rthk.hk/elearning/yangtl/studyroom_topic7_p2.htm

as an example• we will allow our fancy to run wild •( 我們胡思亂想, 想入非非) from this google book

there is also a page in this google book

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