One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he disappointed the home crowd by losing in the semi-finals’
let down, fail, dash the hopes of
dishearten, dispirit, discourage, upset, dismay, depress, sadden, dampen the spirits of, disenchant, disillusion, shatter the illusions of, dissatisfy, disgruntle, chagrin
fall short, fall short of expectations
North American informal bum out
2‘his hopes were disappointed by the death of his patron’
thwart, frustrate, baulk, foil, dash, defeat, baffle, put a damper on, put the damper on, nip in the bud
hinder, obstruct, hamper, impede, interfere with
informal stymie, throw cold water on
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