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A wing and a prayer reliance on hope or the slightest chance in a desperate situation; the phrase comes from a song by the American songwriter Harold Adamson (1906–80), derived from the contemporary comment of a wartime pilot, speaking from a disabled plane to ground control.

spread one's wings extend one's activities and interests or start new ones.

under one's wing in or into one's protective care.

See also a bird never flew on one wing, the mother of mischief is no bigger than a midge's wing, winged.

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