the American dream

noun phrase

variants or the American Dream
: a happy way of living that is thought of by many Americans as something that can be achieved by anyone in the U.S. especially by working hard and becoming successful
With good jobs, a nice house, two children, and plenty of money, they believed they were living the American dream.

Examples of the American dream in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Business For some, TikTok is a path to riches and the American dream. Angie Orellana Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2024 The allure of island ownership The desire for total control, for undivided ownership, speaks to a deeper yearning for autonomy and freedom, traits deeply embedded in the American dream. Kurt Knutsson, Cyberguy Report, Fox News, 17 Feb. 2024 Immigrants, including asylum seekers, migrants, and/or people who have had to move from their home countries due to climate change, insecurity in their country, or a simple desire to participate in the American dream SHOULD be treated in a more humane, ethical, and moral way. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 Americans revised the idea of the American dream to its current iteration, which was the idea that America has the right circumstances. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 17 Mar. 2024 In an interview with Rolling Stone at the time, Wolin explained that the rapper will continue to explore the motif of the American dream over the next year. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 27 Feb. 2024 In this context, the labor demand in the U.S. and the labor supply in other countries should be balanced with a robust and well-regulated immigration system that protects American interests while offering hope, opportunity and the American dream to those who seek it. Destiny Torres, Orange County Register, 20 Jan. 2024 Moreno's popularity largely centers around his experience as a Colombian immigrant who lived out the American dream by opening his own car dealerships, though lawsuits alleging withheld overtime pay as well as gender, age and race discrimination have led critics to question his business practices. Kyler Alvord, Peoplemag, 2 Mar. 2024 Like a lot of millennials, the 30-something Mr. Alas is slower than people in prior generations to pursue this piece of the American dream. Leonardo Bevilacqua, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Mar. 2024

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“The American dream.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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