Hail-mary definition

hāl, hal
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(by extension) An act done in desperation, with only a very small chance of success.
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(roman catholic church) A prayer based on the greetings of Gabriel and Saint Elizabeth to the Virgin Mary.
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(football) A long pass thrown into the end zone, as in the final seconds of a game, in the desperate hope that one of the receivers will be able to catch it for a touchdown.
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The first words of the English version of a prayer to the Virgin Mary used in the Roman Catholic Church.
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This prayer.
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(Roman Catholicism) A prayer calling for the intercession of the Holy Mother, for Catholics an essential element of the rosary, and with use in certain other denominations.
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(American football) A long forward pass with little chance of completion, typically used when time is running out and no other play is practical.
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(football) A long pass thrown in desperation, especially near the end of a game.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hail-mary
Plural:
hail-marys