dream of doing

dream of (someone or something)

1. To fantasize about doing something as one's goal or ambition. I've dreamed of being an astronaut since I was eight years old.
2. To envision someone or something in one's sleep. While recovering from dental surgery, I actually dreamed of all the foods I couldn't eat. Waking up was quite a disappointment! What does it mean if you keep dreaming of the same thing every night?
See also: dream, of

dream of doing something

Fig. to have a fantasy of doing something. (See also dream about someone or something.) I dream of owning a house like that. Clara dreamed of sailing off into the sunset with Roger.
See also: dream, of
References in classic literature ?
Everywhere I saw men doing, drunk, what they would never dream of doing sober.
Sometimes a man, especially an Oriental, who does not understand the significance of your sex in these matters, can be drawn on to speak more freely to a woman than he would ever dream of doing to his best friend.
No self-respecting girl could dream of doing such a thing.
He assured me again and again that it was the last thing in the world he would dream of doing in a sober moment.
Of course I should not dream of doing so if I were not your friend.
If poor Athanase had been living, she meant to do as many noble souls, who are moneyless, dream of doing, and as the rich never think of doing,--she meant to have sent him several thousand francs, writing up the envelope the words: "Money due to your father from a comrade who makes restitution to you.
I should not dream of doing so were it not absolutely certain that I should be able in four days to reclaim it.
What other "University or public-school man" would dream of doing so?
Are there still some things that you dream of doing, not necessarily rob a bank?
SPECIAL SKILLS: It was recently revealed here that the very last thing most pusses would ever dream of doing is using something designed specifically for them - namely, the cat flap.
It's something you dream of doing when you're a kid and on that day I'd have been dreaming of doing it.
I may never get to hunt exotic game in distant locales, but I can dream of doing so, and articles like these fuel the imagination.
Living as I do outside the city boundary, I wouldn't dream of doing likewise.
But they wouldn't dream of doing that to Shirley or Joan.
Aged 15, I used to dream of doing stand-up comedy and having my own night at Glasgow's Stand Comedy Club.