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

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Right now, that kind of real-time diagnosis of dementia is still a pipe dream. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "A new study that ties common medications to dementia highlights the need for early detection," 27 June 2019 Yet the Green were still clinging to Kyrie’s preseason pledge to stay in Boston and the parquet pipe dream of pairing him with Davis and convincing both men to hang their hoops shingles long-term. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "All of a sudden, the Celtics are hitting the reset button," 17 June 2019 That was a pipe dream, of course, as Konami has yet to do anything else with the franchise (having canceled Hideo Kojima's genius Silent Hills). Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "The Next Xbox Is Coming⁠—and So Are These 5 Long-Awaited Games from Microsoft," 11 June 2019 That was a pipe dream worthy of Moore’s stoner lawyer. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al.com, "Roy Moore already won," 20 June 2019 Yet for all her expertise, Tran thinks the minimalist nirvana worshipped on Instagram is but a pipe dream. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Alyce Tran Is Here to Edit Your Handbag and Your Life," 2 May 2019 Wicker or straw usually feeds into that pipe dream. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Vogue Staffers Pick the Most Chic and Comfortable Shoes to Wear to Work This Summer," 31 May 2019 With immediate medical needs a top priority, the notion of adequate psychological assistance is a far away pipe dream. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Burma's Karen refugees face dwindling aid, struggle with depression and suicides," 15 Aug. 2018 But while a folding phone is still an unaffordable pipe dream for most of us, there are many features in Android Q that will make non-folding Android phones better than ever. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "7 tweaks and changes in Android Q that will make your phone better than it is now," 13 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of pipe dream

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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