pipe dream

pipe dream
noun
a fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe)
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I have this pipe dream about being emperor of the universe

Syn: ↑dream
Hypernyms: ↑fantasy, ↑phantasy

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n
daydream, dream, delusion, fantasy, reverie, romance, false hope, mirage, notion
FORMAL chimera, vagary
COLLOQ. castle in Spain, castle in the air, pie in the sky

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noun FANTASY, false hope, illusion, delusion, daydream, chimera; castle in the air, castle in Spain; informal pie in the sky.

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noun
Etymology: so called from the fantasies brought about by the smoking of opium
: an illusory or fantastic plan, hope, or story

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any fantastic notion, hope, or story: Her plans for a movie career are just a pipe dream.
[1895-1900, Amer.]

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pipe dream noun
A futile and unreal hope or fancy such as one has when relaxing while smoking a pipe (orig an opium-smoker's fantasy)
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Main Entry:pipe

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pipe dream UK US noun [countable] [singular pipe dream plural pipe dreams]
something you wish for that can never really happen
Thesaurus: feelings of hopesynonym

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pipe dream,
Informal.
1. an impractical, groundless, or fantastic idea or scheme.
2. a dream produced by smoking opium.

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n. an unattainable or fanciful hope or scheme
Origin:
late 19th cent.: referring to a dream experienced when smoking an opium pipe

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noun, pl ⋯ dreams [count]
: a hope, wish, or dream that is impossible to achieve or not practical

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

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ˈpipe dream f12 [pipe dream pipe dreams] noun
a hope or plan that is impossible to achieve or not practical
 
Word Origin:
late 19th cent.: referring to a dream experienced when smoking an opium pipe.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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