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The grail

Posted by Jose Carlos on August 14, 2004

Hi

What is the meaning of to grab the grail? Any connection with the holy grail? Is it being successful after a serie of failures? Is it achieving the very difficult or the unexpected?

The sentence in question is: It so happened that someone else published a paper just ahead of her. Her research group then GRABBED THE GRAIL at the very end of the year, showing that her fermions did exist as molecules...

Thanks.

JC