to not have a prayer

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - not have a prayer

"to not have a prayer"

to have no chance of success


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - not have a prayer

Two friends are having some fun in a bar ...

Friend 1:  Do you see that beautiful woman over there?

Friend 2:  The gorgeous blonde?

Friend 1:  Yes.  That one.  I'm going to go over there and get her phone number.

Friend 2:  You must be joking.  You don't have a prayer of getting her number.

Friend 1:  Oh, you have such little faith in me.  Just watch.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - not have a prayer

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Have you finished the presentation?  We are presenting in an hour.

Colleague 2:  I don't have a prayer. I'd need three hours to really polish it.

Colleague 1:  What are we going to do?

Colleague 2:  We'll present it as is and fill in the missing and rough parts with our scintillating oration.

to not have a prayer - Usage:


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to not have a prayer - Gerund Form:

Not having a prayer of finishing the report on time, I went home.

to not have a prayer - Examples:

1)  ... don't mess with me you climate-change deniers- or you won't have a prayer.

2)  ... bordered path filled with 4 inches of wood chips and the weeds don't have a prayer.

3)  ... so freaked out about him committing the unpardonable sin, Canada doesn't have a prayer after all.

4)  I hate to say this but we don't have a prayer in Europe unless we sign some world class mid-fielders and play with 3 in midfield ...

5)  We don't have a prayer against AIR POWER. With air power they could bomb rebel positions, spy on ...

6)  Hillary will be so tarred and scarred with Benghazi gate she won't have a prayer of nomination.

7)  Greece does not have a prayer of making that payment without help.

8)  ... going because incompetence rises to the top, and Petraeus doesn't have a prayer.

9)  ... because Mitt won't have a prayer against Obama if he can not rally the ultra conservative base to his candidacy.

10)  ... system, scared the heck out of seniors, and didn't even have a prayer to solve our economic woes.

11)  ... good thing she's running in MA, because she wouldn't have a prayer in most other states.

12)  ... can get my grandmother to navigate my android tablet and I don't have a prayer getting her to use any desktop operating system.

13)  GOP doesn't have a prayer here and should start cleansing the party of the fundamentalists, science haters and bigots ...

14)  I was convinced we didn't have a prayer before the Florida game and look how that turned out!

15)  It's small wonder that we soon won't have a prayer keeping up with more ambitious, more patriotic and more intelligent nations.

16)  ... a 1080p display or a price well under $500 or it doesn't have a prayer

17)  ... the challenge of running against Monroe but even he knew he didn't have a prayer of winning.

18)  With tunes like this you probably don't have a prayer of picking it up on the fly anyway.

19)  A short checkdown, even one that didn't have a prayer of turning into a first down, would have been enough to create a reasonable ...

20)  ... Florida's 29 electoral votes, the GOP's presidential hopefuls don't have a prayer.