pipe dream

noun

Definition of pipe dream

  1. :  an illusory or fantastic plan, hope, or story

Examples of pipe dream in a Sentence

  1. His plan for starting his own business was just a pipe dream.

  2. opening our own restaurant has long been a pipe dream

Origin and Etymology of pipe dream

from the fantasies brought about by the smoking of opium


PIPE DREAM Defined for English Language Learners

pipe dream

noun

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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