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Nearby words

champs-elysées, chan chan, chan., chanaan, chanc., chance, chance it, chance music, chance on, chance-medley, chanceful

Idioms

Origin of chance

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French chance, cheance < Vulgar Latin *cadentia a befalling, happening; see cadenza
SYNONYMS FOR chance
11 befall. See happen.
13 casual, fortuitous.
ANTONYMS FOR chance
Related formschance·less, adjectiveun·chanced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for on the off chance

chance

/ (tʃɑːns) /

noun

verb

Derived Formschanceful, adjectivechanceless, adjective

Word Origin for chance

C13: from Old French cheance, from cheoir to fall, occur, from Latin cadere
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with on the off chance (1 of 2)

on the off chance


see under on the chance that.

Idioms and Phrases with on the off chance (2 of 2)

chance


In addition to the idioms beginning with chance

  • chance it
  • chance on

also see:

  • by chance
  • Chinaman's chance
  • eye to the main chance
  • fat chance
  • fighting chance
  • jump at (the chance)
  • not have an earthly chance
  • on the (off) chance
  • snowball's chance in hell
  • sporting chance
  • stand a chance
  • take a chance
  • take one's chances
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