forlorn hope

noun
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of forlorn hope

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

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Origin and Etymology of forlorn hope

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


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