pipe dream


Definition of pipe dream

: an illusory or fantastic plan, hope, or story

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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 Eternal life through advanced technology seems like a pipe dream for a... Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "Looking Forward to the End of Humanity," 20 June 2020 In the space of a few short years, the plan to close Rikers Island has gone from a radical pipe dream to an initiative loudly booed from the gallery of City Hall by anti-carceral activists. Nick Pinto, The New Republic, "Criminal justice reformers are rethinking the crusade against cash bail.," 6 Apr. 2020 Unfortunately, the slow switching of OLEDs means that many applications remain pipe dreams. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "OLED-power link jumps from useless 50Mb/s to useful 1Gb/s," 13 Mar. 2020 The legalization of recreational marijuana may be a pipe dream in a state like Kentucky, but that's not stopping one Eastern Kentucky lawmaker from trying. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Is marijuana legal in Kentucky? No, but several bills could change that," 17 Jan. 2020 That might seem like a pipe dream, but no more so than the overly ambitious prospect of a spring training starting four weeks from now. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants Splash: MLB should resume in 2021 after resolving business issues," 13 May 2020 At the time, even that goal felt like a pipe dream for the then-5-foot-7, 120-pound signal-caller from Grants Pass, Oregon. oregonlive, "Sam Vidlak, Hidden Valley QB, flips from Montana Grizzlies to Oregon State Beavers," 13 May 2020 Despite Musk’s strong feelings, however, fully autonomous cars have continued to be a bit of a pipe dream for several years now. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Says His Teslas Can Be Superhuman," 9 Apr. 2020 For now these are just a pipe dream, but here’s hoping someone puts in a bid to make these sophisticated visualizations a reality. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Can You Guess Which Iconic Brand Logo Inspired This House?," 31 Dec. 2019

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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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1 Jul 2020

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“Pipe dream.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipe%20dream. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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