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
Origin and Etymology of pipe dream
First Known Use: 1890See Words from the same year
pipe dream Synonyms
Synonymschimera, conceit, daydream, delusion, dream, fancy, figment, hallucination, illusion, nonentity, phantasm (also fantasm), fantasy, unreality, vision
Related Wordsignis fatuus, mirage, will-o'-the-wisp; brainchild, idea; concoction, fable, fabrication, fiction, invention; envisaging, imaging, visualization; cloud-cuckoo-land, cloudland, Shangri-la, utopia; daymare, nightmare
Near Antonymsactuality, fact, reality
PIPE DREAM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pipe dream for English Language Learners
: a hope, wish, or dream that is impossible to achieve or not practical
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