hope not

(I) hope not

1. I wish or desire that something is not or will not be the case. A: "I don't think we'll have to work this weekend." B: "Hope not! I've got big plans!" There's a chance that the engine is busted, but I hope not.
2. I would naturally expect that this would not happen or be true. A: "Don't worry, you won't have to pay for the additional service." B: "I certainly hope not, seeing as I never agreed to it in the first place!"
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

(I) hope not.

a phrase expressing the desire and wish that something is not so. John: It looks like it's going to rain. Jane: Hope not. John: The Wilsons said they might come over this evening. Jane: I hope not. I've got things to do.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A conspicuous, and it is hope not unpleasant, feature of the book is its abundant illustrative quotations from eminent poets, chief of whom is that learned and ingenius cleric, Father Gassalasca Jape, S.J., whose lines bear his initials.
"I hope not," he replied, trying to look cheerful; and with a forced smile presently added, "It is I who may rather expect to be ill--for I am now suffering under a very heavy disappointment!"
'It happens very fortunately, Varden,' said his wife, with her handkerchief to her eyes, 'that in case any more disturbances should happen--which I hope not; I sincerely hope not--'
"No, no, John," said the doctor, "I hope not," and in a minute we had left John far behind.
He was a married man, with a wife in Leith; but whether or no he had a family, I have now forgotten; I hope not.
But in great things, I hope not; I don't mean to boast, John dear, but I hope not!'
"I should hope not," said the young gentleman, with emphasis.
In a moment to savour for the Daily Mirrorbacked Hope Not Hate campaign, the vile Nick Griffin is gone from far-right politics - after being stabbed in the back by his own party.
This year marks the Hope not Hate campaign's 10th birthday.
"As the editor of the Sunday Mirror and someone who has worked at the Mirror for 14 years, I know we are extremely proud as a group of papers to support the Hope not Hate campaign.
In a speech to the Hope Not Hate campaign in London, Mr Brown warned the Brexiteers were in danger of descending into a brand of "paranoid nationalism" which risked breaking up the United Kingdom.
The results of the YouGov poll for Hope Not Hate also show more than two thirds of those questioned (67%) believe the lie that parts of Britain operate under Sharia law.
The results of the YouGov poll for Hope Not Hate also show that more than two thirds of the 160,000-strong group believe the lie that there are parts of Britain operating under Sharia law.
Anti-extremism campaigners Hope Not Hate called for voters to sign up to oppose him.
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