pin (all) one's hopes on

Definition of pin (all) one's hopes on

:to hope very much that (something) will help one or allow one to succeed
  • cancer patients pinning their hopes on a new drug
  • You shouldn't pin all your hopes on getting the job.

Word by Word Definitions

pin play
  1. : a piece of solid material (such as wood or metal) used especially for fastening things together or as a support by which one thing may be suspended from another

  2. : the center peg of a target

  3. : something that resembles a pin especially in slender elongated form

  1. : to fasten, join, or secure with a pin

  2. : to hold fast or immobile

  3. : to present (a young woman) with a fraternity pin as a pledge of affection

  1. : of or relating to a pin

  2. : having a grain suggesting the heads of pins

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

hope play hopes
  1. : to cherish a desire with anticipation : to want something to happen or be true

  2. : trust

  3. : to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment

  1. : trust, reliance

  2. : desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment

  3. : someone or something on which hopes are centered


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