Definition of hope for the best in US English:

hope for the best


  • Hope for a favorable outcome.

    • ‘I was fearing the worst, but I was hoping for the best.’
    • ‘We are urging farmers to ask for help rather than waiting and hoping for the best.’
    • ‘You have got to pretend everything is okay for your family and keep hoping for the best.’
    • ‘But right now, people here are hoping for the best, but realize that much of the small island could be under water by the time Hurricane Charley passes by Florida.’
    • ‘The great majority of investors choose to be passive bystanders, hoping for the best and wringing their hands occasionally when they hear of another collapse.’
    • ‘While hoping for the best, we prepare for the worst.’
    • ‘They talked with her father, Melvin, just moments ago, and he told me he is still hopeful though he admitted that with the search in the park today he is preparing for the worst but hoping for the best.’
    • ‘We have been writing letters to local companies for sponsorship and just hoping for the best.’
    • ‘If an airline were inclined to go lax on security, hoping for the best rather than working to guarantee it, its insurers would quickly step in to correct it.’
    • ‘The project is not about chucking these recruits in at the deep end and hoping for the best.’