"a Hail Mary of a chance"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Nov 11 15:23:58 UTC 2011


although "The Chargers now have a Hail Mary of a chance to win" still suggests the smart money is on the Raiders, while "The Chargers have a hell of a chance" suggests the oppositeā€¦

LH

On Nov 11, 2011, at 1:53 AM, Victor Steinbok wrote:

> Or, perhaps, "a hell of a chance"?? [Yes, with the initial article]
>
>    VS-)
>
> On 11/11/2011 12:31 AM, Garson O'Toole wrote:
>> Perhaps the phrase "a Hail Mary of a chance" may also by connected to
>> "a prayer of a chance" since a Hail Mary is a prayer in addition to
>> being a type of football pass in more recent days.
>> ...
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