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pray tell

(set phrase) Please tell me (about something). Pray tell, will your lovely wife be accompanying you to the gala this evening? A: "Sir, we have received news of the king's response." B: "Pray tell!"
See also: pray, tell

family that prays together stays together

Prov. Families who practice religion together will not break apart through divorce or estrangement. Mother believed that the family that prays together stays together and insisted that we all say prayers every night.
See also: family, pray, stay, together

pray for someone or something

 
1. to beseech God, or some other deity, on behalf of someone or something. I will pray for you to recover from your illness quickly. As the fire spread throughout the old church, the congregation prayed for its preservation.
2. to ask God, or some other deity, to grant something. The family prayed for David's safety. All the people prayed for peace.
See also: pray

pray over something

 
1. to say grace over a meal. Do you pray over your meals? We prayed over dinner just after we sat down to eat.
2. to seek divine guidance about something through prayer. I will have to think about it and pray over it awhile. I'll have an answer next week. She prayed over the problem for a while and felt she had a solution.
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pray to someone or something

to utter prayers of praise or supplication to some divine or supernatural being or something. I pray to God that all this works out. The high priest prayed to the spirits of his ancestors that the rains would come.
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pray to the porcelain god

Sl. to kneel at the toilet bowl and vomit from drunkenness. Wally spent a while praying to the porcelain god last night. I think I have to go pray to the porcelain god.
See also: god, porcelain, pray

pray to the porcelain god

and pray to the enamel god
in. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. (Refers to being on one’s knees [praying] in front of a porcelain toilet bowl.) Wayne was in the john, praying to the enamel god.
See also: god, porcelain, pray

pray to the enamel god

verb
See also: enamel, god, pray
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Coach Kennedy says he will pray after the homecoming game regardless of the school district's response.
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Then I am going into the city centre to listen to people's hopes and fears and ask them what they would want me to pray for.
I PRAY for world peace - otherwise known as George Bush being incarcerated in a padded cell.
church service in Korean at West Hills Presbyterian Church to pray for the people of North Korea.
Let us pray that as the days ahead unfold, we may be prepared to own the faults that are ours and to forgive the faults of others.
Please pray that God will make us zealous in our faith, so that we may carry on the work which you began with so much suffering.
And do you mind if I ask what exactly you pray for?
At the end of each year, Pray and his cop leagues asked each family how many times it had sprayed pesticides on its fields and whether anyone in the household had developed certain types of illness.
Pilgrims, who had been queueing from as early as 0300 BST, knelt at the tomb to pray.
Pray that God will give us leaders who can voice the conscience of our nation; and that their words inspire and motivate the whole nation to greatness.
Decisions about when and how to pray should be made by Americans without interference from the government.
When my mobile rings in the middle of our interview to tell me that my brother is just going into theatre for an operation, it seems quite natural to ask if we can pray for him.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols also asked the congregation at St Chad's Cathedral to pray and fast for peace in the Middle East.