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The grail

Posted by Bob on August 14, 2004

In Reply to: 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

Yes, it's an association with the holy grail, representing the ultimate prize in a search.