shatter (one's) hopes

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shatter (one's) hopes

To undercut one's dreams or optimistic views. I became a lawyer after my parents shattered my hopes of being an artist.
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The findings shatter hopes of a bounceback from June's vote.
Nations that lose their sense of security turn to conflicts and disputes that shatter hopes and spread fear, he warned.
But Stoke should have been swept aside only for a late collapse to again shatter hopes of a rebirth.
Experts say the situation has already taken its toll on the drilling activities, which could shatter hopes for higher oil and gas production in future.
He now goes for the second leg which saw 2008 Fighting Fifth winner Punjabi fall 12 months ago and shatter hopes of scooping the pool, though he did take the third leg, the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
Zardari's detention will shatter hopes of a reconciliation between Bhutto's party and Musharraf, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1999 and is currently facing criticism for reneging on a promise to stand down as army chief.
Zardari's detention will shatter hopes of a reconciliation between Bhutto's party and Gen Musharraf, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1999 and is facing criticism for reneging on a promise to stand down as army chief.
Russia denounced the killing, saying the escalation of tensions in the region could shatter hopes for peace.
The gloomy warning in the America's Wall Street Journal will shatter hopes that the economy was on the turn.
A senior environmental health officer tasked with tidying up Birmingham today warned that the bureaucracy will shatter hopes of becoming a clean and safe city unless it is tackled.
The declines in London shatter hopes that the market had recovered from a sharp correction earlier this month.
And Scotland star Burley - who is unlikely to play in Saturday's clash due to a groin injury - believes that would shatter hopes of retaining the title.
Killers whose only motive is to shatter hopes for peace.