only wish/want/hope

idiom

used to stress that someone's wishing/wanting/hoping something is the simple truth
He only wished she'd told him sooner.
I only wish I knew what was going on.
He only wanted to help.
I only hope she can get over this.

Examples of only wish/want/hope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only hope is to have a home with a few animals in some place not worth a bomb. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2024 That left an automatic bid as their only hope: To earn a March Madness berth, N.C. Becky Sullivan, NPR, 5 Apr. 2024 The show focused on James St. Patrick (played by Omari Hardwick), a drug dealer nicknamed Ghost whose only wish was to leave the world of crime behind and become a legitimate businessman. Damien Scott, Billboard, 13 Mar. 2024 But now the Memphis transfer can only hope to make the most of it. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Hollywood has surmised that audiences only want to go to the movies for films that feel less like generic screenings and more like cultural happenings. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 6 Mar. 2024 So as the only hope, Alice shifted to … the queen of hearts! Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 6 Mar. 2024 Doctors told her that her only hope of getting better would be by attempting to expand her lung capacity through exercise. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 3 Mar. 2024 The only hope is young Alam, Mallikajaan’s youngest daughter. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Feb. 2024

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“Only wish/want/hope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/only%20wish%2Fwant%2Fhope. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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