But the day of our protest, he demanded we pray with our backs against the wall.
You fight and scheme and pray to get it, even while knowing fully that, like life itself, occupation is temporal.
Early on in the games, Francis vowed that he would not pray for Argentina to win, and would instead remain neutral.
She felt in her bones that something would go wrong, and later that night, she met with a group of pastors and asked them to pray.
His wife was by his bedside every day, insisting they pray together, never mind that Ebert is an openly agnostic evolutionist.
Then, I pray you, tell to me and Maude your fair story of the Lyonesse.
But, pray, if I may be so bold, what is that loss you mention?
She lay there without the power to weep, or the courage to pray—how long, she knew not.
Look you, madam, we are alone,—pray contain yourself and hear me.
Oh, my dear brother, pray that I may be humble, and of a childlike spirit.
early 13c., "ask earnestly, beg," also (c.1300) "pray to a god or saint," from Old French preier "to pray" (c.900, Modern French prier), from Vulgar Latin *precare (also source of Italian pregare), from Latin precari "ask earnestly, beg, entreat," from *prex (plural preces, genitive precis) "prayer, request, entreaty," from PIE root *prek- "to ask, request, entreat" (cf. Sanskrit prasna-, Avestan frashna- "question;" Old Church Slavonic prositi, Lithuanian prasyti "to ask, beg;" Old High German frahen, German fragen, Old English fricgan "to ask" a question).
Parenthetical expression I pray you, "please, if you will," attested from 1510s, contracted to pray 16c. Related: Prayed; praying. Praying mantis attested from 1809. The "Gardener's Monthly" of July 1861 lists other names for it as camel cricket, soothsayer, and rear horse.