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off chance

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noun
  1. See at chance(def 17).
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  • I suppose we may as well go for a prowl to-night, on the off-chance of finding him.

    The Motor Pirate

    George Sidney Paternoster

  • Oddly enough, it seems as if it might—there's just the off-chance—it might affect the issue.'

    The Convert

    Elizabeth Robins

  • Corder stood in the door for a moment, on the off-chance that his friend might be joking.

  • It was an off-chance, and he well knew it; but there was nothing else to be done.

  • He kept it on the off-chance of being able to make something out of it.


British Dictionary definitions for off-chance

off chance

noun
  1. a slight possibility
  2. on the off chance with the hopeon the off chance of getting the job
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Word Origin and History for off-chance

n.

1861, from off (adv.) + chance (n.).

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