Dreaming in English – some Idioms with “dream”
Dream come true – When you want something, perhaps for a long time, and it finally happens, we say it’s a dream come true. For example: I just received a letter of acceptance to join the Royal Winnipeg Ballet! This is a dream come true!
In your dreams! Or Dream on! – This is something we might say sarcastically when someone suggests that they will be successful at something and we disagree. For example: John: I’m going to take Veronica to our staff party this year. Pete: Ha! In your dreams! She has a boyfriend you know.
Living the American Dream – Living well, in a land of opportunities. For example: When my cousin Albert moved to San Francisco, he was living the American Dream. He worked really hard and was able to earn enough money to buy a house and enjoy personal freedom.
Dream job, dream home, dream car – What would your “dream job” be? [the best possible job to fit your personality, interests, and financial goals]
Daydream – To not pay attention to what’s going on at the moment because you are thinking about something else. If someone does this a lot, we call this person a daydreamer.
A pipe dream – This is something that is not likely to happen. For example: I have a friend, Tony, who keeps talking about starting a travel business, even though he has no money and no experience. It’s just a pipe dream.
Living in a dream world – Not really connected to reality. Someone who is living in a dream world has unrealistic ideas and expectations.