forlorn hopeforlorn hope
- a group of soldiers detached from the main group for a very dangerous mission
- a desperate undertaking; enterprise with very little chance of success
Origin of forlorn hopethrough confusion with hope a faint hope
Origin of forlorn hopealtered ; from Dutch verloren hoop, literally , lost group ; from verloren, past participle of verliezen, to lose (akin to forlorn) + hoop, a band, group; akin to heap
- An arduous or nearly hopeless undertaking.
- An advance guard of troops sent on a hazardous mission.
Origin of forlorn hopeBy folk etymology from Dutch verloren hoop, advance guard : verloren, past participle of verliezen, to lose; see leu- in Indo-European roots + hoop, troop.
(plural forlorn hopes)