What the expression "a dream commuter" could possibly mean?

I met the expression in the title of the article.

Thank you for your help in advance!

  • Honestly, I'd say it's not really a meaningful usage. Headlines can be like that. Probably the headline writer meant it to mean "Commuters whose commute is a dream", but I can only understand that by reading the whole article. (But I am an American --- maybe a British speaker will think it's more clear?) – The Photon Aug 14 '17 at 16:41
  • BBC has a programme called "Dream Commuters". It is about people who live in France and go to the UK to work. – Malik Ahmed Jan 6 '19 at 11:26

A "dream X" in general is a very good example of X.

This comes from one of the definitions of dream,

A person or thing perceived as wonderful or perfect.


This is an example of a noun modifier, where one noun is used to add to the meaning of another noun.

  • Thank you for your reply! So the expression is for commuters whose commute is usually wonderful? – Konstantin Aug 14 '17 at 16:34
  • It's not clear without context. I would think it's more likely to be used, for example, by a bus driver who really likes one of the riders on his bus. – The Photon Aug 14 '17 at 16:35
  • Another possibility. A "commuter" is a kind of bicycle optimized for commuting. A "dream commuter" could be a very good example of that kind of bicycle. – The Photon Aug 14 '17 at 16:36

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