- (Christianity) A prayer calling for the intercession of the Virgin Mary.
- 1872, F. A., chapter V, in Marion Howard; or Trials and Triumphs, Philadelphia: Peter F. Cunningham, […], page 100:
- “What did the priest, and all of you, keep on saying when we first went in?” / “Our Fathers, Hail Maries, and Glorias; couldn’t you hear?” asked Emily, laughing. / “No, I should think not, you rattled on so fast- What are Hail Maries and Glorias?” / “The Gloria you know well enough, my dear, because you say it in your church at the end of every psalm,” replied Miss Horton; “the Hail Mary is a prayer to our Blessed Lady,” and she repeated it.
- A Hail Mary pass: a risky last-ditch effort with great benefit but little chance of success; one whose success would require divine intervention.
- 2020 August 30, Londoño, Ernesto, “‘A Hail Mary’: Psychedelic Therapy Draws Veterans to Jungle Retreats”, in The New York Times:
Hail Mary pass — see Hail Mary pass
- (by extension to nouns other than "pass") Desperate; riskily attempting to salvage a dire situation
- 2017 June 13, Geiling, Natasha, “Trump administration files Hail Mary appeal to derail youth climate lawsuit”, in ThinkProgress:
- (Christianity) salutation and prayer to the Virgin Mary, as mother of Jesus Christ
- To pray by saying a Hail Mary.
- 2003, Ray Cranley, Chip Chop Cherry, →ISBN, page 120:
- He Hail Maryed himself to sleep every night and woke up Hail Marying in the morning, and to his amazement and delight it worked.
- 2015, Pamela DuMond, The Assassin:
- Sister Cecilia Hail Maryed herself and slid back in the room.
- 2018, Gregory Phillip Jones, 51 Years of Bipolar Disease: A Survivor's Story, →ISBN, page 168:
- I can just imagine a medical examiner standing beside my corpse, pulling the sheet back so as to expose my head and torso, and explaining to a detective, “This poor man Hail Maryed himself to death!”