hope not

(I) hope not.

a phrase expressing the desire and wish that something is not so. John: It looks like it's going to rain. Jane: Hope not. John: The Wilsons said they might come over this evening. Jane: I hope not. I've got things to do.
See also: hope, not
References in classic literature ?
A conspicuous, and it is hope not unpleasant, feature of the book
I hope not," he replied, trying to look cheerful; and with a forced smile presently added, "It is I who may rather expect to be ill--for I am now suffering under a very heavy disappointment
No, no, John," said the doctor, "I hope not," and in a minute we had left John far behind.
No, truly," said the gossip, "I hope not, though I fancy we have sluts enow too.
He was a married man, with a wife in Leith; but whether or no he had a family, I have now forgotten; I hope not.
Oh, we shall not go so far as that, my friend--at least, I hope not.
The fault may be partly in myself, but I hope not altogether.
I hope not,' said the eminently practical; 'I confess, however, that the misgiving has crossed me on my way home.
No, father," stammered Villefort; "at least, I hope not.
I hope not, madame," replied De Winter, thoughtfully; "I once spoke to you of four men.
I hope not, monseigneur, and with reason, as God has been pleased to give them grace, intelligence, and beauty.
There was an implication in the poem (I hope not just for the phrase) that he had come back for her sake.
Let us hope not," answered one of the warriors, "for then what should we do for slaves and sport?
I hope not," said George, rising cautiously and looking about.
Let us hope not, monsieur," said De Coude; "but yet it will do no harm to be on the alert, and to know that you have made at least one enemy today who never forgets and never forgives, and in whose malignant brain there are always hatching new atrocities to perpetrate upon those who have thwarted or offended him.