the one/a ray of hope

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one ray of hope

A single minute indication that something may improve, succeed, or turn out for the best in the end. This penalty kick is our one ray of hope—if we make this, we can still tie the game and force overtime. Although peace talks have broken down between the two warring countries, there remains one ray of hope that a truce of some kind can still be salvaged.
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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.
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