- no chance at all or only a slim hope.
Origin of Buckley's chance
First recorded in 1870–75; origin obscure
Also called Buckley's and none, Buckley's hope.
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- 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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