forlorn hope

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a hopeless or desperate enterprise

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There was no disguising it: Miss Marrable and her bosom friends had been all hopelessly cast in the shade by the new recruit whom they had summoned to assist them, in the capacity of forlorn hope.
He was moving softly to the door, when, in a forlorn hope of saying something naturally - which I never could, to this man - I said:
The forlorn hope which had brought me to the Albany was turned as by magic into an almost staggering sense of safety.
They have been scorched, it is true; like the survivors of forlorn hopes, they have by unthinkably miraculous ways come through the fight to marvel at the tally of the slain.
And there rises up before me all that was there foreshadowed, and I see visions of Damon and Pythias, of life-saving crews and Red Cross nurses, of martyrs and leaders of forlorn hopes, of Father Damien, and of the Christ himself, and of all the men of earth, mighty of stature, whose strength may trace back to the elemental loins of Lop-Ear and Big-Tooth and other dim denizens of the Younger World.
But he saw that it was good, else, he said, in battle every one would surely run save forlorn hopes and their ilk.
He wanted to glorify the leaders of forlorn hopes, the mad lovers, the giants that fought under stress and strain, amid terror and tragedy, making life crackle with the strength of their endeavor.
My fingers were virtually bleeding through pulling at the wire mesh, but it was just a forlorn hope, really, just to try our best.
AIRBUS director of football Andy Preece has acknowledged that there is a forlorn hope that his, or any other club, can challenge The New Saints for the Welsh Premier title this season.
Most people were expecting another large retail store to take over the Aldi building and that appears to be another forlorn hope.
But McCoy, who was retained by Martin Pipe when landing the award in 1997 and 1998, is no forlorn hope.
Rodgers holds out a forlorn hope primary target Mohamed Salah's move to Chelsea may still collapse but that seems unlikely with the Stamford Bridge club announcing on Thursday a deal had been agreed subject to personal terms and a medical.
Now, with Brady's mind in decline, it seems a forlorn hope.
Wales are already adrift in Group One, which also includes favourites England, and qualification already looks a forlorn hope ahead of today's contest.
It is a forlorn hope, but I sincerely wish he is never heard from again.