ray of hope

ray of hope

A minute indication that something may improve, succeed, or turn out for the best in the end. Fans clung to a ray of hope that their team might score a last-minute touchdown to tie the game. Although peace talks have broken down between the two warring countries, there remains a ray of hope that a truce of some kind can still be salvaged.
See also: hope, of, ray

the one/a ray of ˈhope

the one small sign of improvement in a difficult situation: They’ve actually stopped fighting, so perhaps there’s a ray of hope after all.Our one ray of hope is the bank. They might agree to lend us the money we need.
See also: hope, of, one, ray
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He seemed extremely unhappy; but when she took his arm and walked away with him, seeking a retired corner, a ray of hope mingled with the almost comical misery of his expression.
Each man sought his neighbor's eye, but found in it no ray of hope, no encouragement.
And while I suffer thus, there comes no ray Of hope to gladden me athwart the gloom; Nor do I look for it in my despair; But rather clinging to a cureless woe, All hope do I abjure for evermore.
These words carried a ray of hope into Fernand's heart.
The suggestion sent a ray of hope in all their breasts, but I would have nothing to do with it.
But presently in the very hatred of the man for Belgians, Werper saw a faint ray of hope for himself.
All at once, a last ray of hope presented itself to his mind: the seedling bulbs might be in the dry-room; it was therefore only requisite to make his entry there as he had done into the garden.
The gray eyes that had so often looked up at her with entreating worship, looked up at her now, with a last struggling ray of hope in them, and Maggie met them with her large sincere gaze.
Animated with a ray of hope, the child shot on before her grandfather, and, going close to the stranger without rousing him by the sound of her footsteps, began, in a few faint words, to implore his help.
At the moment when he was about to retire, she was cheered with a ray of hope, for she thought he was about to speak; but his lips moved without any sound leaving his mouth, and making a powerful effort to control himself, he sent back to his heart the words that were about to escape from his lips, and went out.
how heavy was the midnight of woe which shrouded in blackness the last ray of hope, and filled the future with terror and gloom
I stood straight up against the wall, my heart still going like a sledge- hammer, but with a ray of hope now shining in my bosom.
That I should ever win the opposite slopes of the range I began to doubt, for though I am naturally sanguine, I imagine that the bereavement which had befallen me had cast such a gloom over my spirits that I could see no slightest ray of hope for the future.
Yet when we try to bring some little ray of hope, some chance, however distant, of something better, we are told by chivalrous gentlemen that it is against their principles to help.
Seeing a ray of hope in that last speech, Laurie threw himself down on the grass at her feet, leaned his arm on the lower step of the stile, and looked up at her with an expectant face.