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hope against (all) hope

To continue to hope for something even though it seems unlikely to happen. I know she said that she wasn't going to come home for Christmas, but I'm hoping against hope she'll change her mind.
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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

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

cling to a mere possibility.
1995 Bill Bryson Notes from a Small Island I plodded on, hoping against hope that there would be a pub or cafe in Kimmeridge.
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ˌhope against ˈhope (that...)

continue to hope for something, even if this seems useless or foolish: It was a couple of days since the earthquake, but the family were still hoping against hope that their son was safe.
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hope against hope

To hope with little reason or justification.
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A dazed man tells a sob story of putting off his taxes until the last minute because he hoped against hope that his estranged wife would come home so the couple could file joint returns and live happily ever after.
I saw my first Christmas display halfway through September, but hoped against hope it was a one-off, and everyone else would leave it until November, but in the last fortnight the whole thing has snowballed and you would be hard-pressed to find a shop that doesn't have a Christmassy corner.
She said: "I have hoped against hope that he would never see freedom again.