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Hail Mary pass - definition and synonyms

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  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    in basketball, a pass from one end of the court to another in a desperate attempt to score a basket when time has nearly run out

    His Hail Mary pass was caught by Alexander Belov, who brushed off Jim Forbes and Joyce and sunk a lay-up before running back to his team-mates, arms aloft like a track athlete who has just crossed the finishing line.

    Submitted by Harris Park from United Kingdom on 16/11/2011
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    used figuratively to refer to any action that is made in desperation with little hope of success

    Is Rick Perry’s proposal to overhaul Washington (including cutting pay of Congress in half) a good idea … or a Hail Mary pass by his campaign?

    Submitted by Harris Park from United Kingdom on 16/11/2011


a rainbow produced when water droplets in the air reflect light from the moon rather than the sun

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a way of doing business that involves recruiting large numbers of people who work for themselves using the company's platform, as used by companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and the like

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