off chance

noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for off-chance

fluke, off-chance

Examples from the Web for off-chance

Contemporary Examples of off-chance

  • In other words, a Palestinian from Susya could, hypothetically, apply for a permit on the 5% off-chance that it will be accepted.

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    Why Susya is "Illegal"

    Moriel Rothman

    June 20, 2012

Historical Examples of off-chance

  • 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


a slight possibility
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper