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hope against (all) hope

To continue to hope for something even though it seems unlikely to happen. I know she said that she wasn't going to come home for Christmas, but I'm hoping against hope she'll change her mind.
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hope against (all) hope

to have hope even when the situation appears to be hopeless. We hope against all hope that she'll see the right thing to do and do it. There is little point in hoping against hope, except that it makes you feel better.
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hope against hope

Hope or wish for with little reason or justification, as in I'm hoping against hope that someone will return my wallet. This expression, based on the biblical "Who against hope believed in hope" (Romans 4:18), was first recorded in 1813.
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hope against hope

cling to a mere possibility.
1995 Bill Bryson Notes from a Small Island I plodded on, hoping against hope that there would be a pub or cafe in Kimmeridge.
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ˌhope against ˈhope (that...)

continue to hope for something, even if this seems useless or foolish: It was a couple of days since the earthquake, but the family were still hoping against hope that their son was safe.
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hope against hope

To hope with little reason or justification.
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References in classic literature ?
You are hoping against all hope," he said; "but if it gives you courage, hope on.
Pp at the Lothian Arena, the Bandits are up against all the odds with injuries still ravaging their side, as co-promoter Dennis McCleary explained: "We are hoping against all hope that our high-flying reserve Jye Etheridge will be fit enough, and if he can get back to his pre-injury form that will ease our plight by a lot.
Indeed, at best, I was HOPING against all hope that I could at least motivate them to try harder for just a bit longer or to not give up or to get going--SOMETHING.
The South Americans face the last surviving African side, Ghana, in the quarter-finals tomorrow with their fans hoping against all hope for a repeat of the heroics that saw them lift the trophy in both 1930 and 1950.
Shocked by the level of response exhibited by their populations, "moderate" Arab leaders have timidly remonstrated before their masters, hoping against all hope that the fast-teeming popular mutinies at home be somehow quelled through some benign, retractive gesture by the provocateur-par-excellence.
Samantha, 20, said today: "We are still not sure whether it is definitely Colin and I am hoping against all hope that it will not be him.
For almost a week now they have been hoping against all hope that their loved ones had survived.
We are hoping against all hope that Margaret did get out alive and are praying for her but as time goes by it doesn't look good.
Everyone was hoping against all hope they'd be found alive.