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pipe dream

n.
A fantastic notion or vain hope.

[From the fantasies induced by smoking a pipe of opium.]

pipe dream

n
a fanciful or impossible plan or hope
[alluding to dreams produced by smoking an opium pipe]

pipe′ dream`


n.
a fanciful or unrealistic notion, hope, or plan.

pipe dream

- Originated with opium smoking.
See also related terms for smoking.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pipe dream - a fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe)pipe dream - a fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe); "I have this pipe dream about being emperor of the universe"
fantasy, phantasy - imagination unrestricted by reality; "a schoolgirl fantasy"

pipe dream

noun daydream, dream, notion, fantasy, delusion, vagary, reverie, chimera, castle in the air The plan is nothing more than a pipe dream.

pipe dream

noun
A fantastic, impracticable plan or desire:
Translations
أوْهام، تَخَيُّلات
vidina
ønskedrøm
draumórar
düşhayâl

pipe dream

nsogno impossibile

pipe

(paip) noun
1. a tube, usually made of metal, earthenware etc, through which water, gas etc can flow. a water pipe; a drainpipe.
2. a small tube with a bowl at one end, in which tobacco is smoked. He smokes a pipe; (also adjective) pipe tobacco.
3. a musical instrument consisting of a hollow wooden, metal etc tube through which the player blows or causes air to be blown in order to make a sound. He played a tune on a bamboo pipe; an organ pipe.
verb
1. to convey gas, water etc by a pipe. Water is piped to the town from the reservoir.
2. to play (music) on a pipe or pipes. He piped a tune.
3. to speak in a high voice, make a high-pitched sound. `Hallo,' the little girl piped.
ˈpiper noun
a person who plays a pipe or pipes, especially the bagpipes.
pipes noun plural
bagpipes or some similar instrument. He plays the pipes.
ˈpiping noun
1. the act of playing a musical pipe or pipes.
2. (the act or process of conveying water, gas etc by means of) a length of pipe or number of pipes. lead piping; Piping the oil ashore will not be easy.
adjective
(of a sound) high-pitched. a piping voice.
pipe dream
an idea which can only be imagined, and which would be impossible to carry out. For most people a journey round the world is only a pipe dream.
ˈpipeline noun
a long line of pipes used for conveying oil, gas, water etc. an oil pipeline across the desert.
piping hot
very hot. piping hot soup.
References in classic literature ?
I slept sometimes and had pipe dreams about being out chasing cats into basements and growling at old ladies with black mittens, as a dog was intended to do.
It may be a pipe dream to hope that Wrexham can have a similar revival, but pipe dreams can't half be fun.
We then decided to translate this concept to the language of fillings, and discovered pipe dreams yet again.
The chart-topping star described her home town of Nefyn, on the Llyn Peninsula, as a place "where pipe dreams are quashed in order to prevent you from being disappointed".
CHART-TOPPING Welsh songstress Duffy has slammed her home town as a place "where pipe dreams are quashed in order to prevent you from being disappointed".
The damage that can be done, the deprivation gambling breeds and the pipe dreams that turn into nightmares.
New York Autumn Skateboard Shop Blades Pipe Dreams Supreme
The long-suffering mom wishes he'd put away his pipe dreams and be there for the family.
And the revival of revivals, A Chorus Line, is revving up for September of 2006, just in time for another report of this history of Broadway dreams-and pipe dreams.
It's about time Alex got real, grew up and realised that even he can ditch the pipe dreams and wake up to the real world.
Other topics included the state's budget crisis and the Drug Enforcement Administration's recent arrest of two local glass-pipe makers as part of a nationwide bust called Operation Pipe Dreams.
Pipe Dreams by Solomon Jones Striver's Row, July 2001, $13.