verb (used without object), pipe-dreamed or pipe-dreamt, pipe-dreaming.
to indulge in pipe dreams; fantasize.
any fantastic notion, hope, or story:
Her plans for a movie career are just a pipe dream.
a fanciful or impossible plan or hope
1870; the sort of improbable fantasy one has while smoking opium; from pipe (n.1) + dream (n.). Old English pipdream meant “piping.”
An improbable and visionary hope, ideal, scheme, etc, such as an opium smoker might have: He has some ambitious plans, mostly pipe dreams (1896+)
A fantastic notion or vain hope, as in I’d love to have one home in the mountains and another at the seashore, but that’s just a pipe dream. Alluding to the fantasies induced by smoking an opium pipe, this term has been used more loosely since the late 1800s.
[pahyp] /paɪp/ noun 1. a hollow cylinder of metal, wood, or other material, used for the conveyance of water, gas, steam, petroleum, etc. 2. a tube of wood, clay, hard rubber, or other material, with a small bowl at one end, used for smoking tobacco, opium, etc. 3. a quantity, as of tobacco, that fills […]
[purn, pirn] /pɜrn, pɪrn/ noun, British Dialect. 1. a weaver’s bobbin, spool, or reel. 2. a fishing reel. /pɜːn; Scottish pɪrn/ noun (Scot) 1. a reel or bobbin 2. (in weaving) the spool of a shuttle 3. a fishing reel
[pir-oh] /ˈpɪr oʊ/ noun, Informal. 1. .
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