have a prayer

have a prayer

To not have any chance at all of doing or achieving something. With that giant supermarket opening up across the street, our little grocery store won't have a prayer of staying open. You think you can beat me? Ha! You don't have a prayer.
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USC might be an underdog for most of its final six games, but it's unfair to say the Trojans don't have a prayer.
The Braves didn't appear to have a prayer after Ken Caminiti and John Vander Wal each smoked Atlanta ace John Smoltz for two-run homers as the Padres took a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning and trotted out their ace, Kevin Brown, for a rare relief appearance.