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    pray in aid sth

    I do not understand the phrase:
    1. So myopic was the foreign secretary's view that she prayed in aid an opinion poll from Basra which told us that the people had every confidence in the police
    2. she prayed in aid [appealed to] a grant to the youth parliament in Bahrain.
    3. The foreign secretary prayed in aid the Iraqi government

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: pray in aid sth

    It looks from your examples as if it means "used as supporting evidence" or "used to support an argument"

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    Re: pray in aid sth

    Thank you vy much, Anglika,
    It fits the contexts to a T. Anyway the phrase is very unusual, I guess it’s rather formal.

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