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hope against (all) hope

to have hope even when the situation appears to be hopeless. We hope against all hope that she'll see the right thing to do and do it. There is little point in hoping against hope, except that it makes you feel better.
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hope against hope

to hope very strongly that something will happen, although you know it is not very likely (usually in continuous tenses; usually + that ) We were just hoping against hope that she would be rescued.
See have a chance in hell, live in hope
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hope against hope

Hope or wish for with little reason or justification, as in I'm hoping against hope that someone will return my wallet. This expression, based on the biblical "Who against hope believed in hope" (Romans 4:18), was first recorded in 1813.
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hope against hope

To hope with little reason or justification.
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34) That McGuckian wrote both instantiations of the word within Hope against Hope in the notebook suggests her pleasure in this term.
Not surprisingly, the words and phrases of these lines are found in concentrated pages of the notebook, all of them leading up to the section where McGuckian began recording from Hope against Hope.
The lines of 'Balakhana' derived from McGuckian's reading of Hope against Hope, however, delimit this surreal vision, injecting the oppression of terror.
In Hope Against Hope, his wife cites his statement, "Thanks to the wonderful bounty of Christianity, the whole of our two-thousand-year culture is the setting of the world free for play, for spiritual pleasure, for the free imitation of Christ" (269).
By accessing the pages of bands like Babyshambles and the Subways, Hope Against Hope were able to get in contact with influential people like Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe and after three weeks, they had attracted admirers from as far away as Los Angeles.
We can only hope against hope that they will turn up safe.
Every angler knows there's always a chance; they just hope against hope it doesn't happen to them.
The hope against hope must be that now the lowlifes who masquerade as football supporters have been dealt with, the real fans can get on with taking part in the biggest sporting event in the history of the world.
That is why she is loved and why we hope against hope that this is not her final fight God bless you, Mo
Near the end of the film, you hope against hope that something interesting will happen.
The expressions of bewilderment, anxiety and hope against hope on the faces of the cross-armed crew members as the final minutes ticked away could have been the look of any team on the sidelines praying for a miracle.
When it's his turn to pitch, though, all they can do is hope - hope he's off, hope he's unlucky, hope against hope.