verb (used without object), pipe-dreamed or pipe-dreamt, pipe-dream·ing.
- pipe snake,
- pipe up,
- pipe vine,
- pipe wrench,
- piped music,
Origin of pipe dream
Examples from the Web for pipe-dream
But how among countless suggestions is a "cause" to know the difference between a true invention and a pipe-dream?A Preface to Politics|Walter Lippmann
"Sounds like a pipe-dream," commented Matt, when his chum had finished.Motor Matt's Triumph, or, Three Speeds Forward|Stanley R. Matthews
The notion that the trombonist had given a signal he derided as an "Old Sleuth pipe-dream."Average Jones|Samuel Hopkins Adams
I have been trying to believe that what he told me isn't altogether a pipe-dream, but it sounds mightily like one.The Taming of Red Butte Western|Francis Lynde
"Go ahead and have a good time with your pipe-dream, Abe," Morris said.Potash and Perlmutter Settle Things|Montague Glass
Word Origin for pipe dream
A fantastic notion or vain hope, as in I'd love to have one home in the mountains and another at the seashore, but that's just a pipe dream. Alluding to the fantasies induced by smoking an opium pipe, this term has been used more loosely since the late 1800s.