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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.
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hardly earth-shattering

Not surprising. Greg has been staying late at the office regularly for months, so it's hardly earth-shattering news that he was chosen for the big promotion.
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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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world shattering

Totally and completely surprising, with the sense that whatever is described as such is shocking enough to change one's view of the world. However, the phrase is often used hyperbolically. Finding out that my dad isn't my biological father has been completely world shattering. I don't know who to trust anymore. A: "Oh my God, did you hear the world shattering news?" B: "Yeah, I can't believe that Sue is leaving the company. It won't be the same without her!"
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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
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Seed shattering in the progeny was determined in two stages.
In the [F.sub.2] progeny, plants with self-incompatible pin flowers were pollinated by pollen from self-compatible homomorphic flowers to observe seed shattering. The seeds from these pin plants were not used for progeny testing.
Genetic Control of Seed Shattering in the [F.sub.1] and [F.sub.2] Generations
Shattering is dominant to nonshattering as all the [F.sub.1] plants were shattering.
This study supports the gene interaction of recessive epistasis, with two alleles at each of three loci [Sh.sub.1], [Sh.sub.2], and [Sh.sub.3] controlling shattering in buckwheat.
At first harvest, they did not differ from wild germplasm in seed shattering and 1000-seed weight.
The difference in seed shattering among the groups was significant.
Excluding the last harvest, seed yield was negatively correlated with seed shattering. There was also a clear trend that the higher the percentage of shattered seeds in the first, second or third shedding, the higher the total percentage of shattered seeds.
In general, the later the harvest the lower the seed yield and panicle weight and the higher the seed shattering. Panicle weight probably decreased because assimilation products were directed to seeds rather than to structural parts of the panicle.
Although they were inferior as a whole to the elite germplasm, some groups performed very well at optimal harvest time (11-13 DAA) before extensive shattering. Seed yield of local Finnish populations was also higher than seed yield of the local Norwegian populations in 1986 (Ostrem, 1988).
The rate of shattering increases as the rate of water loss from the pods increases, but pods do not shatter as readily when pod drying proceeds slowly (Buckovic, 1952).
The effects of agronomic practices on seed shattering are not as well defined as the physical factors that trigger pod dehiscence.
The objectives of this research were to: (i) quantify the effects of soil-water availability on seed shattering, and (ii) determine optimal harvest time on the basis of a heat unit method to minimize birdsfoot trefoil seed losses due to shattering before the time of seed harvest under climatic conditions of western Oregon.
Seed loss due to shattering was determined every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by collecting shattered seeds from two pans (60 by 40 by 10 cm) that were placed 10 cm above the soil surface between two planting rows and below the crop canopy of each plot.
We estimated that 20 to 30% of the seed produced by PSR23 was lost to shattering, whereas 70% or more of the seed of wildtype lines was lost and is routinely lost to shattering (seed shattering losses are 100% in wildtype lines grown to physiological maturity).