on a wing and a prayer

Definition of on a wing and a prayer

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

  3. : an appendage or part resembling a wing in appearance, position, or function: such as

  1. : to fit with wings

  2. : to enable to fly or move swiftly

  3. : to traverse with or as if with wings

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

  2. : a set order of words used in praying

  3. : an earnest request or wish

  1. : one that prays : supplicant


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