Buckley's chance

Buckley's chance UK / US or Buckley's UK [ˌbʌklɪz ˈtʃɑːns] / US [ˌbʌklɪz ˈtʃæns] noun [uncountable] Australian informal
used to mean that someone has no chance of achieving a particular goal

He's got Buckley's chance of finishing his exams this year.


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  • Buckley's chance — Australian. no chance at all or only a slim hope. Also called Buckley s and none, Buckley s hope. [1870 75; orig. obscure] * * * Buckley’s chance UK US noun [uncountable] australian informal used to mean that someone has no chance of achieving a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Buckley's chance — a very slim hope or no chance at all Example:There are just two chances, Buckley s or none.Etymology:This term is well known in both Australia and New Zealand but doesn t seem to be recorded anywhere else. That suggests that the Buckley concerned …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • buckley's chance — Australian Slang a very slim hope or no chance at all Example:There are just two chances, Buckley s or none.Etymology:This term is well known in both Australia and New Zealand but doesn t seem to be recorded anywhere else. That suggests that the… …   English dialects glossary

  • Buckley's chance — Australian. no chance at all or only a slim hope. Also called Buckley s and none, Buckley s hope. [1870 75; orig. obscure] * * * …   Universalium

  • Buckley's chance — n Australian no chance at all or very little chance. The eponymous Buckley was an escaped convict who surrendered to the authorities after 32 years on the run, dying one year later in 1956 …   Contemporary slang

  • Buckley's chance — noun A very small chance. Syn: Buckleys See Also: Buckleys and none …   Wiktionary

  • not have Buckley's (chance) — idiom (AustralE, NZE, informal) used to suggest that sb has little or no hope of achieving a particular aim Main entry: ↑Buckley sidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • Have Buckley's chance — have no chance at all (possibly referring to a famous escaped convict William Buckley) …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • have buckley's chance — Australian Slang have no chance at all (possibly referring to a famous escaped convict William Buckley) …   English dialects glossary

  • have Buckley's chance — Austral./NZ informal have little or no chance. → Buckley s …   English new terms dictionary

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