Date: Thu, 5 Sep 1996 10:43:47 +1608
From: "Donald M. Lance" engdl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: Re: wing and a prayer
"live on a
prayer and a wing". now, i've always heard of this as "live on a
wing and a prayer."
anyone know anything about this idiom and its origins? a nice concise
definition would help me too, as i don't know how good my own
estimation is. how is: "to live with little more than hope to
"Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer" was the title of a World War II song,
which I think Bing Crosby sang. That may also have been the title of the
movie in which he sang the song. (I'm going on memory here, and I often
"remember" things that didn't actually happen that way.) Of course the
pilot makes a safe but exciting crash landing on a runway. Your definition
is close to the original application -- if it originated in WW2. It could
be older than WW2, from the old barnstorming days in early aviation.