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pipe dream (n.)

the sort of improbable fantasy one has while smoking opium, 1870, from pipe (n.1) in the smoking sense + dream (n.). Old English pipdream meant "piping," from dream in the sense of "music."

updated on June 20, 2020

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Definitions of pipe dream from WordNet

pipe dream (n.)
a fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe);
I have this pipe dream about being emperor of the universe
Synonyms: dream
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.

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