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hope against hopeTo continue to hope, even when what is hoped for seems unlikely or impossible.
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cross my heart and hope to dieadded to a promise or a statement to show how serious one was about being honest in what one said
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hope springs eternalThe feeling of hopefulness endlessly renews itself.
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hope springs eternal in the human breastAlternative form of hope springs eternal.
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carry a torch for[2] To harbor feelings of love despite not being in a relationship; generally unrequited or after a relationship has ended, and sometimes implying secret feelings. There is the implication of keeping hope alive.
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enough to make the angels weepSomething so distressing that it causes one to lose hope and faith.
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fool's paradiseA state of happiness due to illusion or false hope.
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goose is cookedAll hope is gone; there is no possibility of success.
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in shapeI hope to get in shape for summer swimsuit season.
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keep one's fingers crossedto hope for the best, to show support
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on specI'm writing an article on spec. I hope some magazine will buy it.
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on specShort form of "on speculation": Creating a work with the hope of selling it, as opposed to creating a work "on commission" for hire.
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pipe dreamfanciful hope
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take the wind out of someone's sailsTo discourage someone greatly; to cause someone to lose hope or the will to continue.
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throw dirt enough, and some will stickIf enough allegations are made about someone or something, then even if they are all untrue, people's opinion of the person or thing will be diminished.1759, John Wesley, letter to John Downes, Rector of St. Michael's, Wood Street, read at Wesley Center Online at [1] on 14 Oct 06.I hope...that you are ignorant of the whole affair, and are so bold only because you are blind...And blind enough; so that you blunder on through thick and thin, bespattering all that come in your way, according to the old, laudable maxim, 'Throw dirt enough, and some will stick.'1857, Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's Schooldays, read at fullbooks.com on 14 Oct 06,But whatever harm a spiteful tongue could do them, he took care should be done. Only throw dirt enough, and some will stick.1864, John Henry Newman, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, Penguin Classics (1994), p. 10,Archbishop Whately used to say
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twinkle in one's father's eyeA notional look of anticipation or hope (either for sex or a child) in one's father's eyes at or around the time of one's conception.
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you can't say fairer than thatThat is good, reasonable, or fair; one cannot hope for a better decision or outcome.
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