would that

would that

I wish it were the case that. Would that I earned just a bit more money so that I could start saving for a deposit on a house. A: "Do you want to come camping with us this weekend?" B: "Would that I could, but I'm afraid I have to go into the office on Saturday to finish up some work."
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would that

I wish that, as in Would that I could stop working and go hiking with you. For a synonym, see if only.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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