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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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The Pune team will be hoping against hope that somehow fortunes will turn and lady luck will smile at them.
Instead of the relief from the pain they are enduring, they are in a queue, as in a supermarket, for the next two/three hours, there they will remain hoping against hope that help will come soon.
Until then I'm like every other boss, trying to see who I can get in, but hoping against hope that I don't lose any of my best young players.
British distance runners were left scrabbling around on the final laps, hoping against hope that they might get lucky with a bronze.
I arrived early in Birmingham and stood in the rain, fingers crossed, in Victorian Square, hoping against hope that the performance would go ahead.
We hear of some people having done miracles; these 'miracles' are nothing but the fruits of constant and sincere effort, all the time hoping against hope.
Hoping against hope this was a figment of our imagination, we looked out of the window to see cars whizzing past us on either side at 120 kmph: "Yikes," we thought, "wouldn't want to get stranded out here".
I am hoping against hope it will be towards the end of the week and they will be able to considered for the weekend, in particular Steven who is ahead of Daniel, but I don't know if that is the case.
After reaching home, our family asked us to take the kids to Ganesh Hospital, hoping against hope that they would survive.
She said everyone was hoping against hope that a solution would be found but admitted the fight was almost certainly over.
England manager Fabio Capello will be also be savouring Rooney's stunning form but hoping against hope his No.
And yet, despite everything, and for the sake of Ken's family, all decent people will be hoping against hope that his captors and killers finally show a shred of compassion - and do what it is in their power to do.