from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An American ideal of a happy and successful life to which all may aspire.
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- noun the widespread aspiration of Americans to live better than their parents did
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But for the millions of people who find themselves below the poverty line and the millions more who are the working poor, their starting point for the American dream leaves them painfully far away from the middle class.