Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Catholic Church A prayer based on the greetings of Gabriel and Saint Elizabeth to the Virgin Mary. Also called Ave Maria.
  • n. Football A long pass thrown in desperation, especially near the end of a game.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. A long forward pass with little chance of completion, typically used when time is running out and no other play is practical.
  • n. An act done in desperation, with only a very small chance of success.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. a form of prayer made use of in the Roman Catholic Church in invocation of the Virgin. See Ave Maria.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a salutation to the Virgin Mary now used in prayers to her

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Examples

  • Gustavo dropped the mop and ran to the back of the store, saying a Hail Mary peppered with swearwords as he went, wondering if those were footsteps he heard behind him, or the echoes of his own footfalls resounding through the deserted store.

    You Suck

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