I wish


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I wish

An exclamation that shows the speaker's belief that something will not happen in the ideal way another person proposes. A: "Do you think you'll get an A in this class?" B: "I wish! I would need to ace my final project and my exam just to have a chance of bringing my average up."
See also: wish

I ˈwish!

(spoken) used to say that something is impossible or very unlikely, although you wish it were possible; if only: ‘You’ll have finished by tomorrow.’ ‘I wish!’
References in classic literature ?
I wish that boy that took me fishing to Goat Island could see me now.