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set (one's) hopes on (someone or something)

1. To have expectations that are tied to the success, performance, etc., of a particular person or thing. Why are we setting our hopes on him when we know he's not popular enough to defeat the incumbent? I had built my hopes on this promotion and was crushed when I didn't get it.
2. To be resolutely determined in or extremely hopeful of obtaining, experiencing, or accomplishing something. I know my daughter has set her hopes on getting one of those popular dolls for Christmas, but I couldn't find one anywhere. When we started this campaign, we set our hopes on raising a few thousands dollars just to cover Daniel's medical expenses. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we'd raise close to a quarter of a million dollars!
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set one's hopes on someone or something

Fig. to have one's hopes or expectations dependent on someone or something. Please don't set your hopes on me in the race. I can't run as fast as I used to. I have set my hopes on the effectiveness of the new law.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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