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


First Known Use: 1890


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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