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forlorn hope

noun

Definition of forlorn hope

  1. 1 :  a body of men selected to perform a perilous service

  2. 2 :  a desperate or extremely difficult enterprise



Origin and Etymology of forlorn hope

by folk etymology from Dutch verloren hoop, literally, lost band


First Known Use: 1579


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