- to indulge in pipe dreams; fantasize.
- any fantastic notion, hope, or story: Her plans for a movie career are just a pipe dream.
Origin of pipe dream
Related Words for pipe-dreamdaydream, guess, read, hypothesize, wonder, reflect, contemplate, weigh, ruminate, surmise, conjecture, cerebrate, consider, figure, deliberate, study, dope, muse, excogitate, brainstorm
Examples from the Web for pipe-dream
Historical Examples of pipe-dream
"Sounds like a pipe-dream," commented Matt, when his chum had finished.Motor Matt's Triumph, or, Three Speeds Forward
Stanley R. Matthews
"Go ahead and have a good time with your pipe-dream, Abe," Morris said.Potash and Perlmutter Settle Things
The notion that the trombonist had given a signal he derided as an "Old Sleuth pipe-dream."Average Jones
Samuel Hopkins Adams
But how among countless suggestions is a "cause" to know the difference between a true invention and a pipe-dream?A Preface to Politics
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
- a fanciful or impossible plan or hope
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.