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hope against hope

Definition of hope against hope

  1. :  to hope for something when one knows that it will probably not happen or be true <We're hoping against hope that they survived the crash.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to cherish a desire with anticipation

    :  trust

    :  to desire with expectation of obtainment

  1. :  trust, reliance

    :  desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment

    :  expectation of fulfillment or success

  1. :  in opposition or hostility to

    :  contrary to

    :  in competition with

  1. :  in preparation for the time when

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to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

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