- a perilous or desperate enterprise.
- a vain hope.
- Obsolete. a group of soldiers assigned to perform some unusually dangerous service.
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Historical Examples of forlorn hope
Dick Prince was the only one who lost his life in the “forlorn-hope.”Ungava
But Skinflint is an invaluable fellow to lead a forlorn-hope.
For what seemed like an age there was no sign of our forlorn-hope swimmer.Pirates' Hope
No quest is too perilous for him, no forlorn-hope too daring.God and Mr. Wells
Mackinnon had promised a company to the forlorn-hope leader, if he survived.
- a hopeless or desperate enterprise
- a faint hope
- obsolete a group of soldiers assigned to an extremely dangerous duty