Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fantastic notion or vain hope.

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  • n. A plan, desire, or idea that will not likely work; a near impossibility.

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  • n. a fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From the fantasies induced by smoking a pipe of opium.

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From the fantasies experienced when smoking an opium pipe.

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  • The only pipe dream that ever worked is when a plumber got a job.

    December 3, 2008