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Hail Mar·y • n. (pl. Hail Ma·rys) 1. a prayer to the Virgin Mary used chiefly by Roman Catholics, beginning with part of Luke 1:28. Also called Ave Maria. ∎  a recitation of such a devotional phrase or prayer: muttering Hail Marys under her breath. 2. [usu. as adj.] Football a desperation long pass to try to score late in the game, typically unsuccessful: they beat the 49ers on a Hail Mary pass in the final seconds. ∎  any attempt with a small chance of success: a Hail Mary plan.

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Hail Mary

Hail Mary a prayer to the Virgin Mary used chiefly by Roman Catholics, beginning with part of Luke 1:28. Also called Ave Maria.
Hail Mary pass in American football, a play in which the ball is thrown far down the field; in transferred usage, a high-risk manoeuvre, especially one undertaken at a very late stage.

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Hail Mary (tr. of Lat., Ave Maria). A prayer to the Virgin Mary as follows: (a) Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. (b) Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death.

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Hail Mary: see Ave Maria.

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