have a prayer

have a prayer

To not have any chance at all of doing or achieving something. Almost always used in the negative. 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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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.