dash someone's hopes

Destroy someone's plans, disappoint or disillusion. For example, That fall dashed her hopes of a gold medal. This term uses dash in the sense of “destroy,” a usage surviving only in this idiom. [Second half of 1500s]


Nearby words

  1. dasd,
  2. dasehra,
  3. dash,
  4. dash light,
  5. dash off,
  6. dashboard,
  7. dashcam,
  8. dashed,
  9. dashedly,
  10. dasheen

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