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  1. The meaning and origin of the expression: Pipe dream
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The meaning and origin of the expression: Pipe dream

The phrase 'pipe dream' is an allusion to the dreams experienced by smokers of opium pipes. Opiates were widely used by the English literati in the 18th and 19th centuries. Samuel Taylor Coleridge was one of the best known users, and it would be difficult to claim that the imagery in surreal works like Kubla Khan owed nothing to opium.

Lewis Carroll, although not known to be an opium user himself, makes clear allusions to drug use in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has his hero Sherlock Holmes visit an opium den - although that was for research rather than consumption. It's strange then that ' pipe dream ' comes from none of these sources but has an American origin.

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The early references to the phrase all originate from in or around Chicago. The first printed piece that associates the phrase with opium smoking is from The Fort Wayne Gazette , September Newspaper men hear of them, but in the rush for cold, hard facts, the 'pipe stories', as queer and unexplainable stories are called, are at a discount.

Were it not for this the following incident, which can be verified by the word of several reputable men, would have long ago received the space and attention it merits instead of being consigned to the waste-basket as the 'pipe dream' of an opium devotee. It rather makes one wonder what the reporter had been smoking].

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