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8.
A concept that died around 1973. Originally the dream of being a blue-collar manufacturer living in a suburban house with a white picket fence with your wife and two kids. The term was rendered obselete as the American economy became based on service with manufacturing jobs being taken over by China and Japan.
Only the consistantly dim-witted and naive portion of American citizens still believe in the idea of the American dream.
by Wally Wallies April 18, 2006
 
1.
A) to sue someone for something incredibly stupid and live off the money.
B) to otherwise make a lot of money for not a lot of effort, and spend the rest of your life being rich and getting plastic surgery.
Johnny was biking in the park and he ran into a tree. He sued the council and got 10 mil. He's living the American Dream.
by newzealandboi February 12, 2004
 
2.
An idea created by American society trying to make people believe anyone could be anything. Strange how all the US presidents have been in the upper 1% of society (in class-financial terms).
Death of a Salesman
by Brendan September 19, 2003
 
3.
What a crock of bullshit! Basically it is either;

1) A clever lie designed by the rich to trick the poor into (a) working longer hours for less pay, and to (b) purchase a shitload of useless material goods and services, both of which help give the rich more wealth while further impoverishing the poor.

or

2) Taking over other nations by force, stealing their resources, and installing puppet governments that control the flow of resources to America while destroying the cultures and infrastructure of said conquered nations.
The American Dream is to work 60 hours a week for minimum wage, spiral downwards into debt as a result of being stupid enough to get credit cards and to spend what little money you have on shiny, expensive products that are useless in value and function.
by sarcastic April 02, 2004
 
4.
The idea, that some day, some how, you'll be happy. That your kids won't grow up to hate you and disrespect you. That some day you won't come home fried out from work, only to sit in front of the television, or open a bottle of JD, or rail a line of coke, or any other addiction common to American life. But the most important part to remember... dreams aren't real.
Just woke up from the American dream...
by Dylan Lamb December 17, 2003
 
5.
Depending on the context, either a 60-month, low APR, zero money down delusion of upward mobility; or a television-induced, straight-line reduced, quick-fix diluted futility.
"Todd the textile worker had to trade in his American Dream for a cardboard box because his corporate-owned government sent his job to China."
by burmaslave January 05, 2004
 
6.
An American ideal of a happy and succesfull life to which all may aspire.
marrying the perfect man/women, having the perfect family and career
by Lauraa}{ December 17, 2003
 
7.
An image originally created in the late 1950's and 1960's. Innocent by nature but commonly deplored by those who cannot achieve it or don't agree with capitolism.

The stereotypical American Dream is to marry that perfect someone, move into the classical surburan house, with a front yard, a garage & drive way, a white picket fence. You have a dog, a cat, and several kids. On weekends and summers you barbeque in your yard while your kids play on a tire swing and build a tree fort. Sometimes the American Dream is associated with the Corvette which is commonly known as the American Dream Car, because of it's long legacy of American muscle and great performance.

These assests are ideally attained by working hard to someday become financially stable enough to afford simple luxuries without worrying about it. This does not mean that you become rich suddenly, or buy the fastest car upright, it means that as you work hard over time, you get more money and improve on what you already have. Such as moving into a larger home, buying a faster car, and being able to support an additional child.
My version of the American Dream is to become a civil engineer, marry my highschool sweat heart, buy a nice sized Spanish styled house in San Diego, CA and drive a new 2005 Mustang.
by Andrew Hernandez November 28, 2004