dash hopes

dash (one's) hopes

To undercut one's dreams or optimistic views. I became a lawyer after my parents dashed my hopes of being an artist.
See also: dash, hope

dash someone's hopes

Fig. to ruin someone's hopes; to put an end to someone's dreams or aspirations. Mary dashed my hopes when she said she wouldn't marry me.
See also: dash, hope

dash/shatter somebody’s ˈhopes

destroy somebody’s hopes of doing or getting something: Any hopes that the museum would be built this year were dashed yesterday when the council announced its plans to spend less money on the arts.His poor performance in the exam shattered his hopes of becoming a lawyer.
See also: dash, hope, shatter
References in periodicals archive ?
The survey by Transparency International, a global non-governmental body which studies bribery around the world, appears to dash hopes that the Arab uprisings would produce cleaner government and business in the region, the Scoop reported.
Ferguson appeared to dash hopes of Nemanja Vidic returning to lend a hand when he ruled the Serbian out of tonight's Champions League encounter with CFR Cluj at Old Trafford.
TOKYO - Tokyo stocks fell back Friday morning as a relatively stronger yen continued to dash hopes of improvements in exporters' earnings, wiping out positive sentiment on solid U.S.
Italian oil major Eni fears its largest oilfield in Libya, known as Elephant, may be in ruins, which could dash hopes of a speedy return of Libyan supplies to global markets after months of war.
Record levels of greenhouse-gas emissions for 2010, as estimated by the International Energy Agency, could dash hopes of controlling climate change, reports Fiona Harvey for the Guardian.
The pair came under fire yesterday after appearing to dash hopes that the threatened jobs could be saved.
Rijkaard is confident Barca can win the tie and dash hopes of a first ever all-England Champions League final.
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant appeared to dash hopes of a reunion tour yesterday by announcing he is to go on the road with country star Alison Krauss.
But Mikael Forssell scored ten minutes from the end to dash hopes of going back to the top of the group - and ensuring a tense finish at the Millennium Stadium.
Tokyo stocks fell sharply Friday, with the Nikkei closing at a three-week low, as a relatively strong yen continued to dash hopes of improvements in exporters' earnings, wiping out positive sentiment on solid U.S.
"But you can't raise aspirations and then dash hopes by plunging them into tens of thousands of pounds debt."
The news will dash hopes that trams could return to Liverpool for the first time since the 1950s.
Tokyo stocks opened lower Friday as a relatively stronger yen continued to dash hopes of improvements in exporters' earnings, wiping out positive sentiment on solid U.S.
Rock-bottom Kettering lost 2-1 to a last minute goal at home to Barnet to dash hopes of closing the gap on their relegation rivals.
GREG RUSEDSKI went out in the first round of the Qatar Open last night to dash hopes of an all-British final in the Doha event.