A. Sheet anchor. B. Figurative: last hope.
To despair. To lose all hope.
To flatter, to raise false hopes.
To be deluded into putting ones hopes on something or somebody.
Expression: He sees everything black – pessimist.
State of one who has lost all hope; despair.
Proverb: Whoever hopes in his siblings, will have neither money in the drawer nor in his pocket.
Proverb: From the miser you might get something, but from the cheeky hope for nothing.
Expression: ‘He promised heaven and earth.’ Stated of someone who makes exaggerated promises that raise false hopes.