Getting paid a whole lot to do not a whole hell of a lot.
Person 1: Man, I don't want to go to work today. I just want to get paid to sit on my ass.
Person 2: Ahhh, the American Dream lives on.
by maryla January 07, 2008
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A fairytale designed to make people conform, spend money they don't have on stuff they don't need , work for less pay, and think someday they can have everything they want.

Bait and switch
I thought my degree could help me get a job and i could live the American Dream. Now, no one will hire me and i owe $100,000.00 in student loans.
Fuck you! American Dream.
by Fffffcough February 04, 2014
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the ideal American life as fed by the media; 2.3 children, white picket fences surrounding a split-level house with a dog and a cat, and a station wagon or a minivan to take the kids to sports practice; impossible by its' nature
"The reason it's called the American Dream is you have to be asleep to believe it." -- George Carlin
by Shawn E. April 26, 2003
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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
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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).
by Brendan September 19, 2003
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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
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The widespread aspiration of Americans to live better lives than their parents did.
All of the facist things done in this nation are done to achieve such a thing. Operation Iraqi freedom, the Patriot Act etc...
by Anonymous October 28, 2003
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