Wing and a prayer
Wing and a prayer : Phrases
Hopeful but unlikely to succeed.
She is driving on a wing and a prayer in that old jalopy.
During World War One airplanes were still a novelty and untested in war. A wing and a prayer was first uttered when an American flyer came in with a badly damaged wing.
His fellow pilots and mechanics were amazed he didn't crash. He replied he was praying all the way in. Another pilot chimed in that a wing and a prayer brought you back.
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