Micawber

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Micawber

(mɪˈkɔːbə)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a person who idles and trusts to fortune
[C19: after a character in Charles Dickens' novel David Copperfield (1850)]
Miˈcawberish adj
Miˈcawberism n
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Noun1.Micawber - fictional character created by Charles DickensMicawber - fictional character created by Charles Dickens; an eternal optimist
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How different it always used to be on this side of the Atlantic, where Micawberish prudence is a virtue and even a suspicion of bankruptcy or financial shenanigans is actionable.
Other common reactions include a kind of paralysis born of indecision over which is the worse evil, staying or withdrawing, and a Micawberish hope that something will turn up.
All too often it is left to women to try to lighten the domestic mood, to affect optimism where there is cause for none, to instil in their jobless husbands the Micawberish belief that something will turn up.
What I do have is a Micawberish faith that something will crop up to solve the pension dilemma.