pin one's hopes on

idiomatic phrase

variants or pin all one's hopes on
: to hope very much for a good outcome from (something or someone) especially when other options are not available or are not pursued
Also, if possible, generate several [job] interviews; don't pin your hopes on just one.Eugene Raudsepp
Calgary is holding its breath, pinning its hopes on a goalie who's all too human.Seth Wickersham
I wanted this intense stranger who found me to be different—to be, against all odds, the one. So I pinned all my hopes on him.Laura Barcella

Word History

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pin one's hopes on was in 1786

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Cite this Entry

“Pin one's hopes on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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