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Ps. re: Not getting their hopes up

Posted by Sphinx on June 08, 2003

In Reply to: Ps. re: Not getting their hopes up posted by Word Camel on June 07, 2003

: I forgot to add, you're absolutely correct in thinking that to 'not get one's hopes up' is to try to avoid disappointment or feeling 'let down' when things don't turn out exactly as planned.

then could you give me a detailed explanation of "get one's hope up" in this passage?

"Clapp had a handheld device that could reveal objects below. It showed ruins under the sand! He and his team started digging, trying not to get their hopes up."

And can you give some more examples of this idiom?