Hail Mary


: a Roman Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary

American football : a long forward pass thrown into or close to the end zone as playing time runs out

Full Definition of HAIL MARY

:  a Roman Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary that consists of salutations and a plea for her intercession
:  a long forward pass in football thrown into or near the end zone in a last-ditch attempt to score as time runs out

Examples of HAIL MARY

  1. He threw up a Hail Mary at the end of the first half.

Origin of HAIL MARY

translation of Medieval Latin Ave, Maria, from the opening words
First Known Use: 15th century


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