a pipe dream
Meaning: A pipe dream is a plan or a dream for the future that could never come true or be achieved.
- The idea of a perfect world in which everyone lives in peace and harmony is just a pipe dream.
- Pipe dreams only ever come true in the movies.
Origin: Metaphorical, and probably related to the fact that the drug opium can be smoked in a pipe, and when it is taken people often have very pleasant, dream-like experiences.
Which of these plans would be a pipe dream for most people?
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Contributor: Matt Errey