Buckley's chance


noun Australian.

no chance at all or only a slim hope.

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Also called Buckley's and none, Buckley's hope .

Origin of Buckley's chance

First recorded in 1870–75; origin obscure

Words nearby Buckley's chance

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British Dictionary definitions for Buckley's chance

Buckley's chance
/ (ˈbʌklɪz) /

noun

Australian and NZ slang no chance at allOften shortened to: Buckley's

Word Origin for Buckley's chance

C19: of obscure origin
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