Definition of pipe dream in English:

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pipe dream

Pronunciation: /ˈpīp ˌdrēm/


An unattainable or fanciful hope or scheme.
Example sentences
  • We deserve a system where clean, sustainable energy is something more than a pipe dream for delusional hippies.
  • If they stayed loyal to the ARL, super-league would have remained a pipe dream.
  • So it would be a pipe dream to expect the council to grass it over (although that would look lovely).
fantasy, false hope, illusion, delusion, daydream, chimera;
castle in the air, castle in Spain
informal pie in the sky


Late 19th century: referring to a dream experienced when smoking an opium pipe.

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