Hail Mary

Hail Mary

noun
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:
1300–50; Middle English, translation of Medieval Latin Ave Maria

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Hail Mary
 
n
1.  RC Church Also called: Ave Maria 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.  slang American football 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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