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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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A week after finishing second in the Pipe Dream fell race in Dolgarrog, Parkinson went one better in Rhosgadfan, winning the 4.
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).
i], where the product runs over all crosses in the pipe dream.
Proof: The pictorial description of chute moves immediately implies that the permutation associated to the pipe dream remains unchanged.
By logging on to the Pipe Dream directory, users will be able to pinpoint specific information and then access timely information.
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]).
The damage that can be done, the deprivation gambling breeds and the pipe dreams that turn into nightmares.
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.
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.