slim chance

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Noun1.slim chance - little or no chance of success
probability, chance - a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible; "the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5"
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A sailor had jumped overboard at Constantinople one night, and was seen no more, but it was suspected that his object was to desert, and there was a slim chance, at least, that he reached the shore.
His judgment told him that the latter possibility was probably the fact, and yet there was a chance that they might have landed without fatal injuries, and so upon this slim chance he started out upon what he knew would be an arduous journey, fraught with many hardships and unspeakable peril, that he might attempt to save them if they still lived.
Just to cap a wretched few days, his failure to cling on to the chance offered by Ian Bell in England's second innings fatally sunk any slim chance the Aussies had of turning around the Third Test.
Forming a band, Slim Chance, he took to the road in a caravan and set up shows in a tent.
We are hopeful Scott has got a slim chance of being involved at the weekend, or at least being fit," said Baggies joint No.
It is understood there is only a slim chance of Murray playing again in 2013, meaning he is likely to miss November's end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 indoor venue, a blow to the event for which Roger Federer is struggling to qualify.
Whatever slim chance there is of drawing a decent crowd for a Connacht final, there's little hope of doing so if London get through.
And it gave Aber a slim chance of edging into the top six when the final round of matches of the initial stage of the season is played next week.
THERE'S a slim chance you won't recognise Christina Aguilera in this photo for her new ad campaign.
He had a new musical vision - in the form of his own band, Slim Chance.
The Proteas have a very slim chance of proceeding to the semi-finals, and can only qualify by beating India by a rich margin, while hoping Group Two rivals Australia defeat Pakistan.
It is a joy that a slim chance and a fat chance amount to the same thing" - Broadcaster and playwright Sandi Toksvig.