from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An arduous or nearly hopeless undertaking.
- noun An advance guard of troops sent on a hazardous mission.
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- noun military A small
trooppicked to make an advance attack, or the first attack; a stormingparty.
- noun Any
dangerousor hopeless venture.
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- noun a hopeless or desperate enterprise
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[By folk etymology from Dutch verloren hoop, advance guard : verloren, past participle of verliezen, to lose; see leu- in Indo-European roots + hoop, troop.]
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From forlorn + hope, in part-translation of Dutch verloren hoop ‘lost troop’.
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