Hail Mary

noun

Definition of Hail Mary

plural Hail Marys
1 :a Roman Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary that consists of salutations and a plea for her intercession
2 or less commonly Hail Mary pass :a long forward pass in football thrown into or near the end zone in a last-ditch attempt to score as time runs out often used figuratively
  • The only potential cure is a stem-cell transplant, when you take somebody else's immune system and put it into yours. But right now that's kind of a Hail Mary pass.
  • —Douglas Cotequoted in Bicycling

Examples of hail mary in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of hail mary

translation of Medieval Latin Ave, Maria, from the opening words


HAIL MARY Defined for English Language Learners

Hail Mary

noun

Definition of Hail Mary for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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