I wish

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I wish

  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Used to express the speaker's wish that the preceding statement were true
    - I don't know how I'm going to afford all these Christmas presents.
    - Maybe you'll win the lottery and become a millionaire overnight.
    - I wish!

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  • The verb wish requires an object or prepositional phrase. In conversation, a preceding statement is the understood missing constituent of the complete expression.

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