pipe dream


Definition of pipe dream

: an illusory or fantastic plan, hope, or story

Examples of pipe dream in a Sentence

His plan for starting his own business was just a pipe dream. opening our own restaurant has long been a pipe dream
Recent Examples on the Web For example, the Snyder Cut of Justice League was considered a ridiculous pipe dream, a fantasy of fanboys, until HBO Max made it into reality. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Advancements were being made, but true representation, if such a thing existed, was still a pipe dream. Jason Parham, Wired, 19 Jan. 2022 To be fair, completely seamless EV charging remains a pipe dream for most people. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 25 Oct. 2021 This latest draft law expands on efforts to make housing more accessible and affordable, while addressing the fact that moving out still remains a pipe dream for many of the country’s young people. Courtney Vinopal, Quartz, 6 Oct. 2021 In fall 2020, when masks were already mainstream but vaccines were just a pipe dream, the scariest part about Halloween was the prospect of getting COVID-19. Elizabeth Narins, Health.com, 20 Oct. 2021 This conflict-of-interest policy is not a pipe dream. Maia Wikler, Vogue, 11 Nov. 2021 Getting paid to play video games might sound like a pipe dream, but that’s exactly what one internet company is offering four people this summer. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 31 May 2021 From the outset, that pipe dream seemed perpetually in danger of going down the tubes. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of pipe dream

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pipe dream

from the fantasies brought about by the smoking of opium

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The first known use of pipe dream was in 1890

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27 Jan 2022

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“Pipe dream.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipe%20dream. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of pipe dream

: a hope, wish, or dream that is impossible to achieve or not practical


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