Pipe-dream

pipe dream

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

Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism

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pipe-dream

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

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