in your dreams
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A slang retort indicating one's skepticism. Oh, dream on—you'll never become a famous singer. A: "I really think I'm going to get the promotion." B: "Dream on! I have a much better chance of getting it than you."
in (one's) dreams
A derisive phrase said in response to something that is far-fetched or unlikely to happen. You think you can get a date with the head cheerleader? Yeah, in your dreams! Matt is only getting a promotion in his dreams. I'm much more qualified for the job than he is.
What you are expecting or wanting to happen is nothing but fantasy. You want to get promoted to general manager? Dream on. You, an opera singer? Dream on.
in your dreams!
COMMON People say In your dreams! to say that what someone wants is never going to happen or be true. Stephanie in love with you? In your dreams! He seems to think he is the next great comedian. In your dreams, lad.
in your dreamsused to assert that something much desired is not likely ever to happen.
2002 New Yorker Before falling asleep, I try to imagine myself as…a savvy entrepreneur with her own catering business. In your dreams, as they say.
dream ˈon(spoken, informal) used to tell somebody that an idea is not practical or likely to happen: ‘Do you think if I ask my boss for a pay rise, I’ll get one?’ ‘Dream on!’
in your ˈdreams(spoken) used to tell somebody that something they are hoping for is not likely to happen: ‘I’ll be a manager before I’m 30.’ ‘In your dreams.’
To fantasize about something that is improbable or unrealistic. Used chiefly as a scornful command: So you want to move to Hollywood and become a movie star? Dream on!
in your dreams
Never, no matter how much you wish for it. Often put as an interjection, this slangy term dates only from the 1980s but has quickly caught on. For example, “I just know they’ll win the pennant this year.—In your dreams!” A synonymous phrase is dream on, used as the title of a number of popular songs dating back as far as the 1950s and a television sit-com.