not a hope in hell

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not a hope in hell

Absolutely no possibility of succeeding, coming to pass, or achieving something. There's not a hope in hell that you'll find me living in this town after I graduate.
See also: hell, hope, not

not a hope in hell

Also, not a prayer. No chance at all, as in There's not a hope in hell that we have a winning bid, or If you don't watch the conductor you won't have a prayer of coming in on time. The first term was first recorded in 1923, the second in 1941. Both allude to the chance for heavenly salvation. Also see snowball's chance in hell.
See also: hell, hope, not
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Anthony Barrett of UBC opines (National Post, 15 May 2003): "It's an interesting intellectual exercise, but I would say it is no practical value," while Toronto's Jack Chambers, asked if this dictionary would spark a Latin renaissance, sniffed "Not a hope in hell.
When they describe it as `challenging', they mean there's not a hope in hell of making it work.
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