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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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To address the current housing epidemic impacting the country, Rinker Materials and the American Institute of Architecture Students launched the Pipe Dream design contest late last year, challenging AIAS members to design a tiny home from two 96- x 96-in.
Mountain bikers and hikers accessing the Pipe Dream trail should use alternate connectors, such as the Hidden Valley trailhead at top of Rim Rock Road.
A week after finishing second in the Pipe Dream fell race in Dolgarrog, Parkinson went one better in Rhosgadfan, winning the 4.5-mile race with 650ft of ascent in 31 minutes 34 seconds.
Every pipe dream in RC(w) is associated to a reduced factorisation of w as follows: replace each cross appearing in row i and column j of the pipe dream with the elementary transposition (i + j - 1, i + j).
For a reduced pipe dream D [member of] RC(w), define [x.sup.D] = [[PI].sub.(i,j)[member of]D] [x.sub.i], where the product runs over all crosses in the pipe dream. Then the Schubert polynomial is just the generating function for pipe dreams:
Proof: The pictorial description of chute moves immediately implies that the permutation associated to the pipe dream remains unchanged.
Spokesman Sean Smyth said: "What the minister is contemplating is paying private consultancy firms millions to pursue the pipe dream that is a light railway or underground system.
Eight years later, Southern Oregon State College loaned the land, and the pipe dream became a $3.5 million, 23,000-square-foot reality.
For example, the permutation of the pipe dream in Figure 1(b) is [1, 2, 7, 6, 5, 8, 3, 4, 9, 10].
For example, the +'s in the pipe dream in Figure 1(b) and the marked boxes in (a) are complementary (0,1)-fillings of [lambda].
By construction, the pipe dream D' = (D [union] b) \ b' is again in RP([sigma]) and thus its complement F(D') = (F(D) \ b) [union] b' forms another facet of [DELTA]([sigma]).
In his message on the occasion, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said this day is reminiscent of a glorious chapter in our nation's history when unmatched courage and unwavering commitment of Pakistan Navy quashed the pipe dreams and misplaced ambitions of our adversary.
The damage that can be done, the deprivation gambling breeds and the pipe dreams that turn into nightmares.
For one thing, as a theater-of-the-ear experience, it best captures the show's descent into nightmare as the pipe dreams that have propped up the characters' desperate self-deceptions come crashing down.
It's about time Alex got real, grew up and realised that even he can ditch the pipe dreams and wake up to the real world.