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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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JANE SAYS: The cards in your Tarot spread are all pointing towards major changes in your life and you can make your "pipe dream" a reality.
Caption: The four-section modular Pipe Dream home features a 12-in.
New Delhi [India], July 27 ( ANI ): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday termed Pakistan's Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan's willingness to resolve Kashmir issue with India a "pipe dream".
wishes to live safely, it must abandon its hostile policy towards the DPRK and learn to co-exist with the country that has nuclear weapons and should wake up from its pipe dream of our country giving up nuclear weapons which we have developed and completed through all kinds of hardships," North Korea's foreign ministry said in a statement, according to KCNA.
She discusses why to have a senate at all, envisaging the People's Senate, what has gone wrong with the senate, problematic proposals for senate reform, stepping in the right direction, and not a pipe dream. Distributed in the US by Brunswick Books of Toronto, Canada.
While it sounded like a pipe dream to Eye, a US firm called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has signed agreements to work with Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum and engineering design firm Aecom to develop a prototype.
Shelter's director of campaigns Roger Harding said: "A further rise in house prices means that for an entire generation a home of their own is nothing but a pipe dream."
Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: "When house prices soar by this much in a single year, it's clear that for millions of people across the country, a home of your own is fast becoming a pipe dream."
Yes, the old pub has gone and it is only a pipe dream to think that a replica will be built.
Unfortunately, Mr Miliband's performance up to now makes that prospect little more than a pipe dream. He continually allows the Tories to set the agenda, he always seems to be wrong-footed and Prime Minister's Questions make me weep.
ALL GOOD things come to an end, but it was perhaps the most unexpected of defeats for champion jockey Tony McCoy when favourite Foxesbow was comprehensively beaten by Indian Pipe Dream in the Cavendish Cup.
Presently, the concept is more pipe dream than reality because the thermoelectric materials that would need to be wrapped around exhaust pipes to reclaim that heat energy and transform it to electricity only operate at about 5% efficiency.
Finally, he said that "compromise does not mean new cabinet", adding that the talks about exempting LF and Kataeb from any cabinet is just a pipe dream.
Definition 2.5 A pipe dream for a permutation w is a filling of a the quarter plane [N.sup.2], regarding each element of [N.sup.2] as a cell, elbow joints [??] and a finite number of crosses +, such that a pipe entering from above in column i exits to the left from row [w.sup.-1](i).
He created costumes for Guys and Dolls in 1950 and in the 1955 revival, and he was a Tony winner in 1955 for Rodgers and Hammer-stein's Pipe Dream. He spent the past 15 years--right up until his death--designing parody-wear for Forbidden Broadway.