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Great Expectations

noun
1.
a novel (1861) by Charles Dickens.
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  • A mine is "she," and has many wooers when rich, or reputed to have Great Expectations.

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  • I have just finished my book of "Great Expectations," and am the worse for wear.

  • I could not help being ashamed of myself, and thought I was unworthy the Great Expectations of my friends.

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  • The Great Expectations are not all on the younger side of fifty.

    How it Feels to be Fifty Ellis Parker Butler
  • They were not very wealthy, but they had Great Expectations.

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Great Expectations definition


(1861) A novel by Charles Dickens. Worldly ambitions lead a young boy, Pip, to abandon his true friends.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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