on a wing and a prayer

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Etymology[edit]

Describes a damaged warplane barely able to return to base, possibly originating in Flying Tigers (1942), made popular by lyricist Harold Adamson

Phrase[edit]

on a wing and a prayer

  1. With the hope of averting disaster despite a desperate situation teetering on failure.
    After seeing half the senior staff walk out, the school opened the new year on a wing and a prayer.

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