Just enough to get your hopes up

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Hi everyone,

I'm reading Alice Munro's "Runaway". On page 5 there is such a sentence:

...Just enough to get your hopes up--the clouds whitening and thinning and letting through a diffuse brightness that never got around to being real sunshine, and was usually gone before supper.

I just didn't get the logic here. My understanding is they didn't really see the sunshine at last, but why does that "get your hopes up". Can anybody help explain this sentence? Thanks.

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