dum spiro, spero

[ doom -spee-roh, spey-roh; English duhm -spahy-roh, speer-oh ]

  1. while I breathe, I hope: a motto of South Carolina.

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How to use dum spiro, spero in a sentence

  • The grand thing is to have each of your five fingers go "dum, dum," an equal number of times, which is the principle of all three!

  • Tommy Chitling hasnt won the point, and I went partners with him against the Artful and dum.

  • "It's a dum shame you didn't have any real friends like me to warn you off before you hit that ranch," went on Bill.

    Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
  • Written in a pretty hand it was—handwriting befitting a dum fine-lookin' girl like that!

    Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
  • Serves you dum well right, tryin' to git somethin' f'r nothin'.

    Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland