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wish for (someone or something)

To have or express a desire to obtain, achieve, or meet someone or something. Ever since he was a young boy, he's been wishing for the love of his life to show up. I wished for a new bicycle when I blew out the birthday candles, but I just got a new dollhouse instead. Most people wish for fame and fortune without being willing to put in the work typically needed to earn them.
See also: for, wish
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

wish for someone or something

to wish to have someone or something. She spent most of her life wishing for Prince Charming, who would come along and sweep her off her feet. She still wishes for escape.
See also: for, wish
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

wish for

1. To express a desire for something or someone: The child tossed a penny in the well and wished for a new bicycle.
2. To have or feel a desire for something or someone: For weeks I've been wishing for a big snowstorm so I could go skiing.
See also: for, wish
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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