from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An arduous or nearly hopeless undertaking.
- n. An advance guard of troops sent on a hazardous mission.
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- n. A small troop picked to make an advance attack, or the first attack; a storming party.
- n. Any dangerous or hopeless venture.
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- n. a hopeless or desperate enterprise
He was early sent to Western Virginia on a forlorn hope against
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The device of Joab was to observe the part of the wall of Rabbath-ammon where the greatest force of the besieged was congregated, and thither, as a kind of forlorn hope to send Uriah.
The Turkish troops had already been withdrawn when he started on his forlorn hope – but the resistance he and his offered was such that the town of Tuzhi has not been ceded to this day.
It was a forlorn hope — so forlorn that four or five of the aboriginals declined to take part in it, deeming it safer to trust to the sandbank, which they imagined could never be entirely swept by the besoms of the sea.
Stonition by coach, but on foot in the grey morning) — and then in walking out to the first toll-gates on the different lines of road, in the forlorn hope of finding some recollection of her there.
There he proved brave and trustworthy enough to be picked for the forlorn hope in the Wooden Horse; yet nothing is said of any quarrel with Menestheus, who led the Athenians as King.
The “Women's Rights” party is up teaching men their duties on every continent; in distant India, the Brahmo Somaj is battling, not vainly, against the horrors of the Zenana, and in conservative England, which has been stormed, and the forlorn hope is now taking possession of the citadel; everywhere it is the same.