have a prayer


have a prayer
(not) have a prayer to be not at all likely to succeed.

She hasn't a prayer of winning the competition.

(often + of)

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • not have a prayer — (informal) HAVE NO HOPE, have/stand no chance, not have/stand (the ghost of) a chance; informal not have a hope in hell, not have/stand an earthly; Austral./NZ informal not have Buckley s (chance). → prayer * * * not have a prayer informal …   Useful english dictionary

  • not have a prayer — to have no chance. With an injured ankle, he doesn t have a prayer of winning the race. Usage notes: sometimes used without not: Do we have a prayer of convincing him to go? …   New idioms dictionary

  • not have a prayer — ► not have a prayer informal have no chance. Main Entry: ↑prayer …   English terms dictionary

  • not have a prayer — informal everyone thought this Minnesota team didn t have a prayer against Duke Syn: have no hope, have/stand no chance, not have/stand (the ghost of) a chance; informal not have a hope in hell …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • not have a prayer — (not) have a prayer to be not at all likely to succeed. She hasn t a prayer of winning the competition. (often + of) …   New idioms dictionary

  • not have a prayer — informal to not have a chance or possibility of success They didn t have a prayer without a backer for the new company …   English dictionary

  • not have a prayer (of doing something) — not have a ˈprayer (of doing sth) idiom to have no chance of succeeding (in doing sth) Main entry: ↑prayeridiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • not have a prayer — informal have no chance. → prayer …   English new terms dictionary

  • prayer — W3S3 [preə US prer] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: preiere, from Latin precaria, from prex; PRAY1] 1.) words that you say when praying to God or gods ▪ Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ▪ The children said… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prayer — [ prer ] noun ** count the words that someone says when they are speaking to God: say a prayer: He said a prayer for their safe return. prayer for: a prayer for peace say your prayers (=pray): I go to church every Sunday and I say my prayers. a.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English