like a bad dream

like a bad dream

So awful, tragic, or unfortunate that one is unwilling to believe it is true or real. I can't believe the firm is being investigated for money laundering—this is like a bad dream. It was like a bad dream, having everyone you loved and trusted suddenly turn against you.
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like a bad ˈdream

(of a situation) so unpleasant that you cannot believe it is true: In broad daylight, the events of the night before seemed like a bad dream.
See also: bad, dream, like