a pipe dream

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a pipe dream

"a pipe dream"

an idea, wish, dream or hope that is fantastical and will most probably never happen


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a pipe dream

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you bought your lottery ticket yet? The jackpot is $30,000,000 this time.

Friend 2:  Sure I bought a ticket but the chances of winning are fantastically low.

Friend 1:  Still it's nice to have a pipe dream.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a pipe dream

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  Do you think I can pass my year of university?

Student 2:  Well, let's see. You didn't do any work for the first half of the year. Then you made a half-hearted attempt for a couple of months. At this point, you would need a score of 150% on all your term papers and exams.

Student 1:  Looks like passing this year is a pipe dream for me.

a pipe dream - Usage:


a pipe dream - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a pipe dream.

a pipe dream - Examples:

1)  I realized this sounds like a pipe dream but one can hope.

2)  ... , craziest, out of this world deal... but hey, as much a pipe dream that it is, i think you win the prize for original thinking.

3)  A completely standardised set of browsers is a pipe dream, every browser developer has their own agenda their own methods of implementation.

4)  It's kind of a pipe dream, it's a personal fantasy of mine.

5)  I have a pipe dream of stumbling into enough wealth to own an NBA team some day.

6)  The idea of extracting natural gas from shale was about to turn from technological pipe dream to very real economic powerhouse.

7)  Ending homelessness is a pipe dream, and throwing money at it won't change anything.

8)  Microkernels are not a pipe dream. They represent proven technology.

9)  Any idea of curing cancer in its entirety is a pipe dream. At best we will be able to turn cancer into a chronic disease.

10)  The idea that people on Mars could be self sufficient is a pipe dream. Maybe one day it can be done but it seems extremely hard.

11)  The dream of writing mark-up based on standards is not a pipe dream, but it can be a nightmare getting other people to follow suit.

12)  Raising calm, confident kids seems like a pipe dream from the past.

13)  Nonpayment is probably a pipe dream unless you get huge numbers of people to do it.

14)  At this point in history, infinite supplies of low cost fuel is a pipe dream.

15)  Erecting an ancestral home in the Uco Valley isn't a pipe dream. It's within the realm of reality.

16)  That is a pipe dream, kinda like the one the USSR had before it imploded.

17)  Boys will be boys. You might as well give up that pipe dream that all of their pee will miraculously end up in the toilet.

18)  Yes, a pipe dream now, but a very strong indication of the trend.

19)  Depending on business to advance us into space is a pipe dream.

20)  Of course this is just a huge pipe dream and probably won't happen.