pin one's hopes on

idiomatic phrase
variants: or pin all one's hopes on

Definition of pin 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

First Known Use of pin one's hopes on

1786, in the meaning defined above

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“Pin one's hopes on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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