forlorn hope


forlorn hope

noun

Definition of FORLORN HOPE

1
:  a body of men selected to perform a perilous service
2
:  a desperate or extremely difficult enterprise

Origin of FORLORN HOPE

by folk etymology from Dutch verloren hoop, literally, lost band
First Known Use: 1579

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