Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “pipe dream”

See all translations

pipe dream

noun [C] uk   us  
an idea or plan that is impossible or very unlikely to happen: Her plans are not realistic - they'll never be more than a pipe dream.
Translations of “pipe dream”
in Chinese (Traditional) 白日夢,幻想,妄想, 行不通的計劃…
in Chinese (Simplified) 白日梦,幻想,妄想, 行不通的计划…
(Definition of pipe dream from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of pipe dream?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “pipe dream” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

shampoo

a liquid used for washing hair, or for washing particular objects or materials

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More