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hope

verb assume, expect, feel sure, give credence to, have faith in, have no doubt, have no reservations, look forward to, place reliance in, pray for, presume, put confiience in, rely on
Associated concepts: hopelessly insolvent
See also: chance, design, desire, end, expectation, faith, goal, intent, objective, outlook, plan, possibility, prospect, purpose, target, trust, will
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Even then you dropped some hints that might have opened the eyes of a wiser man; but they had no such effect upon me: I went on trusting and believing, hoping against hope, and adoring where I could not comprehend.
In the meantime, hoping against hope, Daylight and Elija eked out a meagre existence.
We wait on, hoping against hope, and at last, just as waiters and commissionaires are beginning to eye us with suspicion, we face the truth.
To fire at that sloping forehead I knew would be worse than useless, and so I quickly shifted my aim and pulled the trigger, hoping against hope that the soft-nosed bullet and the heavy charge of powder would have sufficient stopping effect to give me time to place a second shot.
She had been hoping against hope for months, because some who have gone adrift in dories have been miraculously picked up by deep-sea sailing-ships.
He gave it its present name and lived here shut up, day and night poring over the wicked heaps of papers in the suit and hoping against hope to disentangle it from its mystification and bring it to a close.
One moment finding himself at Steven Spielberg's house, hoping against hope to be discovered while sweating through a Teletubbies costume, and the next dressed as a faux-Honey Bear with a gun to his head in Compton.
He said: "They were hoping against hope and the community has been praying since they went in the hope that they would come back.
You'd be hoping against hope that he would be okay, but I'd say he is slightly doubtful.
With just two more working days before the World Cup final in Melbourne, people at home wanting to fly out after paying a fortune are still hoping against hope.
Malaysian transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said: "No matter how remote the search, I am always hoping against hope that we will find survivors.
Malaysian transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein met relatives and said: "No matter how remote the search, I am always hoping against hope that we will find survivors.