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See also: pipedream
From the fantasies experienced when smoking an opium pipe.
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- (idiomatic) A plan, desire, or idea that will not likely work; a near impossibility.
- I think that his plan to become a professional athlete is a pipe dream and that he should stay in school.
- 1962 December, “Dr. Beeching previews the plan for British Railways”, in Modern Railways, page 376:
- Only a year ago it would have needed a "super-Micawber" to be optimistic that the railways would once again pay their way. But it was no longer a pipe dream that B.R. could make a profit, the way to do it was now clear.