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pipe dream

A dream or idea that is impossible to accomplish. Many say that achieving world peace is a pipe dream because human beings are so flawed in their logic and emotions.
See also: dream, pipe

pipe dream

Fig. a wish or an idea that is impossible to achieve or carry out. (From the dreams or visions induced by the smoking of an opium pipe.) Going to the West Indies is a pipe dream. We'll never have enough money. Your hopes of winning a lot of money are just a silly pipe dream.
See also: dream, pipe

pipe dream

A fantastic notion or vain hope, as in I'd love to have one home in the mountains and another at the seashore, but that's just a pipe dream . Alluding to the fantasies induced by smoking an opium pipe, this term has been used more loosely since the late 1800s.
See also: dream, pipe

a pipe dream

If you describe something that someone wants to do or happen as a pipe dream, you mean that it is not realistic and will probably not happen. Oh, Toddy, it's a pipe dream. The banks won't lend you that sort of money. He said the figures showed that a third runway at the airport remained a pipe dream. Note: This expression refers to the sort of idea that someone is likely to have when they are smoking a drug in a pipe.
See also: dream, pipe

a ˈpipe dream

a hope, belief, plan, etc. that will probably never come true: She’s got this pipe dream about being a pop star.This expression refers to smoking the drug opium, which makes you sleep and gives you powerful dreams.
See also: dream, pipe
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Though solemn we remember these times present and times past The 11th day the 11th hour in November it will forever last For all these lost lives have tried to make our world a better place There's all cultures in our army that fight to help us win our case So lest we forget all cultures here, fight for what is right Together in our army as one, with the greatest insight Maybe one day, we'll bless the peace-makers when the final battle's done Maybe only a pipe-dream, keep trying till that battle's won.
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IMPACT J JamesOrr A WORLD expert on the economics of shale gas is to argue that promised low energy prices are a pipe-dream.
The Shambles Museum of Victorian Life started out as a pipe-dream for owners Jim and Holly Chapman in 1986 when they bought a former butcher's shop, with its own slaughterhouse behind, at 20 Church Street.
With this kind of shoddy and patchy teaching across the country, meeting the target of halving the number of pregnant teens by 2010 remains a pipe-dream.
Some would say that's a pipe-dream, but when Dad walked into the dressing room when we were in the old second division and changed the strip to all white and said 'I'm going to make you as great as Real Madrid', that was a pipe-dream too - except that it happened.
Another pipe-dream is that violence in Iraq will end while our troops are there.
Liverpool elected mayor campaigner Liam Fogarty would have been much better advised to stick with his day job at the BBC than play politics by pursuing this costly pipe-dream, for which there is little or no popular support
George Perry, 21, student, Gosforth: It doesn't solve the problem of crime and I think trying to get them to pay it back is a pipe-dream.
It's not some environmentalist's pipe-dream of the future.
And the idea of crowds of Mexicans crossing the border to shop in San Diego is a pipe-dream.
There is a danger that this is nothing but a pipe-dream.
Spokesman Professor Ariel Miller said "This is not a pipe-dream.
The pioneering pounds 300m Valleywood project has been batted around for three years and many believed it was just a pipe-dream.
California has too many pressing needs to waste exorbitant sums of money on a pipe-dream boondoggle.