on a wing and a prayer

Definition of on a wing and a prayer

informal

  1. :  without much chance of success She took the job on a wing and a prayer.

Word by Word Definitions

wingplay
  1. :  one of the movable feathered or membranous paired appendages by means of which a bird, bat, or insect is able to fly

    :  such an appendage even though rudimentary if possessed by an animal belonging to a group characterized by the power of flight

    :  any of various anatomical structures (as of a flying fish or flying lemur) providing means of limited flight

  1. :  to fit with wings

    :  to enable to fly or move swiftly

    :  to traverse with or as if with wings

prayerplay
  1. :  an address (such as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought

    :  a set order of words used in praying

    :  an earnest request or wish

  1. :  one that prays :  supplicant


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