pray in aid

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pray in aid

  1. (intransitive, now rare) To resort to the help (of); to call on the support (of), especially to help prove an argument.
  2. (transitive, chiefly law) To ask for the help of (someone or something) in pleading a case; to make use of, adduce (something) in defence of a case, argument etc.
    • 2009, The Economist, October 2009, p. 84:
      Other, smaller craters in the North Sea and Ukraine have been prayed in aid of this theory.

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