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  1. something good that someone promises you but that never seems to happen

    The team’s supporters are tired of being promised jam tomorrow.

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The phrase ’jam tomorrow’ was coined by Lewis Carroll in his children’s story Through the Looking Glass. The White Queen tells Alice: ’The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day’.
See also main entry: jam


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