English Idiom – Pipe dream

Meaning – An idea or plan that is very unlikely to happen. An impossibility or an unrealistic dream. A pipe dream is a dream that is probably not going to happen, because it is just a fantasy.

  • This idiom originated as a reference to the dreams experienced by opium pipe smokers.

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When could you use this idiom?

  • You are sharing your fantasies with friends.
  • Somebody who you know has set themselves unrealistic goals.
  • You are trying to convince your friend that they can make their dreams come true – their hopes are not just pipe dreams!
  • “I wish that I could achieve world peace, but I know it is nothing more than just a pipe dream.”
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What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.