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main chance

an opportunity offering the greatest gain:
Being ambitious, he always had an eye for the main chance.
Origin of main chance
First recorded in 1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Come, come; don't go to sniveling; be a good girl, and mind the main chance.

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • But with all his patriotism, Andy keeps a bright eye on the "main chance."

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore
  • I agree with you, but we should probably differ about what constitutes the main chance.

    Evenings at Donaldson Manor Maria J. McIntosh
  • Whatever his other qualifications, he had his eye open to the main chance.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • As for me, I believe she has a much shrewder eye to the main chance.'

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • I know what 's what, and have always taken care of the main chance.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • No matter what the situation might be, the Yankee could not lose sight of the main chance.

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster
  • Let the past bury itself, and have an eye to the main chance and the future.

    Hushed Up William Le Queux
  • Mac stuck to his haul like a Scotchman; to him the main chance was no ghost.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • Her eyes might wander to every alluring object; they returned to the main chance.

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