pipe dream

any fantastic notion, hope, or story: Her plans for a movie career are just a pipe dream.

1895–1900, Americanism

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verb (used without object), pipe-dreamed or pipe-dreamt, pipe-dreaming.
to indulge in pipe dreams; fantasize.
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pipe dream
a fanciful or impossible plan or hope
[alluding to dreams produced by smoking an opium pipe]

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