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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
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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.
Chief Executive Sarah Jackson said: "If there is one stand-out feature of our work this year, it is that flexible working is simply a pipe dream for all too many of the parents and carers who contact the helpline team despite the extension to all employees of the existing right to request flexible working in June 2014.
and Manny Pacquiao still remains a pipe dream despite the negotiations and the trash talks happening between both camps.
LLOYD TAGGART and his partner Jackie Lee took the top prizes in Saturday's Pipe Dream fell race.
I reckon almost everyone will be scared of going in Musk's pipe dream.
It may be a pipe dream to hope that Wrexham can have a similar revival, but pipe dreams can't half be fun.
But while we have such a weak and weedy political class, I realise this is just a pipe dream.
ALL GOOD things come to an end, but it was perhaps the most unexpected of defeats for champion jockey Tony McCoy when favourite Foxesbow was comprehensively beaten by Indian Pipe Dream in the Cavendish Cup.
The latest figures prove going it alone would be a massive risk and Alex Salmond's dream of turning our oil cash into a tidy nest egg are no more than a pipe dream.
Presently, the concept is more pipe dream than reality because the thermoelectric materials that would need to be wrapped around exhaust pipes to reclaim that heat energy and transform it to electricity only operate at about 5% efficiency.
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ET, Golf Channel viewers will find out if Burk is able to get back in the game or if it all proves to be just a pipe dream.