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    Dont get your hopes up


    "Some people dont set goals or New Years resolutions because theyre afraid to hope. Well-meaning families and friends tell them, Dont get your hopes up, for that new job, new relationship, or new level of fitness. Youll only be disappointed.
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    1.get something up: prepare or organize a project or piece of work

    2. get up # 9. informal to be involved in


    I couldn't catch the exact meaning of the underlined phrasal verb since I dont know if there is a subtle difference between the above-mentioned definitions. However, I think that the main idea of that line is this
    "Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed."

    Thank you,

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    Re: Dont get your hopes up

    Yes, we sometimes tell a person "Don't get your hopes up" when we think his hopes are unlikely to be fulfilled.

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    Re: Dont get your hopes up

    Can it be a synonym for "don't raise your hope"?

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    Re: Dont get your hopes up

    Synonyms refer to words, not sentences.

    Your sentence means approximately the same thing as Odessa Dawn's, but is unidiomatic. In other words a fluent English speaker would be extremely unlikely to utter it. The sentence supplied by Odessa Dawn in the title of this thread is what one would expect to hear.

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