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a forlorn hope [d. verloren hoop, prop., a lost band or troop; verloren, p. p. of verliezen to lose + hoop band; akin to e. heap. see for-, and heap.] (mil.), a body of men (called in f. enfants perdus, in g. verlornen posten) selected, usually from volunteers, to attempt a breach, scale the wall of a fortress, or perform other extraordinarily perilous service; also, a desperate case or enterprise...
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