Buckley's chance


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Buckley's chance

(ˈbʌklɪz)
n
slang Austral and NZ no chance at all. Often shortened to: Buckley's
[C19: of obscure origin]
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Needless to say, few people bet the family jewellery on what then seemed like the quixotic venture of an obscure senator from an obscure state in New England with Buckley's chance of beating or even nipping at the heels of the invincible Hillary Clinton.
Bruce's Akubra slants against the sun as he shuffles toward the trestle bearing cups of tea, coffee and milk, "If we couldn't protect our own business, we had Buckley's chance of protecting the community, and the environment".
Smallers artists will perform in a courtyard such as Martin Simpson, Meic Stevens, Pigyn Clust and Buckley's Chance.