Hail Mary

  1. Ave Maria.
  2. Also called Hail Mary pass, Hail Mary play. a long forward pass in football, especially as a last-ditch attempt at the end of a game, where completion is considered unlikely.

Origin of Hail Mary

1300–50; Middle English, translation of Medieval Latin Ave Maria
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  • As an election tactic, it was a Hail-Mary move: a half-hour address by an aging actor of no political standing or constituency.

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    Remembering Reagan’s Defining Speech

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British Dictionary definitions for hail mary

Hail Mary

  1. Also called: Ave Maria RC Church a prayer to the Virgin Mary, based on the salutations of the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:28) and Elizabeth (Luke 1:42) to her
  2. American football slang a very long high pass into the end zone, made in the final seconds of a half or of a game
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