Share this entry

Share this page

hope against hope

Definition of hope against hope in English:

Cling to a mere possibility: they were hoping against hope that he would find a way out
More example sentences
  • For hours he refused to sanction retaliation: he still hoped against hope that what was happening was a mere ‘provocation’.
  • We waited around, hoping against hope that Brutus might show.
  • And yet I'm powerless to do anything about it other than sit here and watch, hoping against hope that it'll get better before it gets worse.
See parent entry: hope

Definition of hope against hope in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rɪˈzɪlɪənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…