pipe dream

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any fantastic notion, hope, or story: Her plans for a movie career are just a pipe dream.
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Origin of pipe dream

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900

Other definitions for pipe dream (2 of 2)

[ pahyp-dreem ]
/ ˈpaɪpˌdrim /

verb (used without object), pipe-dreamed or pipe-dreamt, pipe-dream·ing.
to indulge in pipe dreams; fantasize.
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British Dictionary definitions for pipe dream

pipe dream

a fanciful or impossible plan or hope

Word Origin for pipe dream

alluding to dreams produced by smoking an opium pipe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with pipe dream

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.

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