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phrase [usually in negatives]
  1. if you dare not hope, dream, or believe that something will happen or is true, you think it is very unlikely, but you would very much like it to happen

    I never dared dream that peace would come so soon.

    The work was finished much sooner than he’d ever dared hope.

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