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szdaily -> Speak Shenzhen
Hail Mary
    2017-October-10  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A: Is John in hospital again?

B: Yes. The doctor said his third and last time at chemo therapy would be a Hail Mary.

Note: The speaker means that John’s third attempt at chemo therapy would be his final one. The doctor wished this time it would succeed but knew the chances were not good. “Hail Mary” is a prayer among Christians, uttered when they want to ask for holy intervention. It is a prayer for something to succeed even though everyone knows the chances are slim. It’s a last-resort desperate attempt while wishing for a miracle. A “Hail Mary pass” is a very long forward pass in American football, made in desperation with only a small chance of success.

 

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