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  • n  the object of any prolonged endeavor
  • n  (legend) chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper

  • The blue LED was the last step in the creation of lighting's holy grail, the brilliant white LED--an ultra-efficient successor to Thomas Edison's incandescent lightbulb, circa 1879.
  • The holy grail of online music is what's known as a "celestial jukebox": an archive of every album in the world, there just for the listening.
  • And it has achieved the holy grail by becoming a verb that defines a category, a la Xerox in the 1970s and FedEx in the '90s.
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  • Australian woman to brave sharks on swim from Cuba to U.S.
    By Jeff Franks HAVANA (Reuters) - With favorable weather predicted and a team of scientists on her side, Australian Chloe McCardel will set out on Wednesday to become the first person to make the 103-mile (166-km) swim between Cuba and the Florida Keys without a shark cage to protect her. The treacherous body of water known as the Florida Straits is the Holy Grail for marathon swimmers and has ...
    June 12, 2013 - Reuters via Yahoo! News
  • Mali manual suggests al-Qaida has feared weapon
    The 26-page document in Arabic, recovered by The Associated Press in a building that had been occupied by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb in Timbuktu, strongly suggests the group now possesses the SA-7 surface-to-air missile, known to the Pentagon as the Grail, according to terrorism specialists.
    June 12, 2013 - Stars and Stripes
  • Masterpiece yields quite a markup
    It is the holy grail of yard sale junkies: The dusty painting, forgotten in the attic, that turns out to be a long-lost masterpiece.        
    June 10, 2013 - Boston Globe

  • John F Kennedy in Washington Post
    We don't have the holy grail of digital offsetting the decline of CDs as yet,IFPI Chairman John Kennedy said in London after the release of the group's 2007 Digital Music Report.
  • George Wein in FOXNews
    I have no problem working. ...... As long as I can breathe, I will be involved with Newport because that to me is the holy grail of jazz festivals,said Wein, interviewed behind the main stage at Fort Adams State Park during last month's festival.
  • David Bowie in Blogger News Network (blog)
    At last. I've hit the Holy Grail of animation gigs. Yesterday I got to be a character on:tan-tara:SpongeBob SquarePants. Oh Yeah!! We, the family, are thrilled. Nothing else need happen this year, well, this week anyway,Bowie said.

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