off-chance


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off-chance

[ˈɒftʃɑːns] N (let's go) on the off-chance(vamos) por si acaso
he bought it on the off-chance that it would come in usefullo compró pensando que tal vez resultaría útil

off-chance

[ˈɒfˌtʃɑːns] n on the off-chance of seeing himnella vaga speranza di incontrarlo

off

(of) adverb
1. away (from a place, time etc). He walked off; She cut her hair off; The holidays are only a week off; She took off her coat.
2. not working; not giving power etc. The water's off; Switch off the light.
3. not at work. He's taking tomorrow off; He's off today.
4. completely. Finish off your work.
5. not as good as usual, or as it should be. His work has gone off recently
6. (of food) rotten. This milk has gone off – we can't drink it; (also adjective) That meat is certainly off.
7. out of a vehicle, train etc. The bus stopped and we got off.
8. cancelled. The marriage is off.
preposition
1. away from; down from. It fell off the table; a mile off the coast; He cut about five centimetres off my hair.
2. not wanting or allowed to have (food etc). The child is off his food.
3. out of (a vehicle, train etc). We got off the bus.
ˌoff-ˈchance noun
a slight chance. We waited, on the off-chance (that) he might come.
ˌoff-ˈcolour , (American) ˌoff-ˈcolor adjective
not very well. She's a bit off-colour this morning.
ˌoffˈhand adjective
acting or speaking so casually that one is being rude. offhand behaviour.
adverb
without thinking about something first. I can't tell you the answer offhand.
ˌoffˈhandedly adverb
ˌoffˈhandedness noun
ˌoffˈshore adjective
1. in or on the sea, not far from the coast. offshore oil-wells.
2. (of winds) blowing away from the coast, out to sea.
ˌoffˈside adverb
(in football, hockey etc) in a position (not allowed by the rules) between the ball and the opponents' goal. The referee disallowed the goal because one of the players was offside.
adjective
(of a vehicle etc) on the side nearest to the centre of the road. the front offside wheel.
ˌoff-ˈwhite adjective
not quite white, eg slightly yellow etc. an off-white dress.
badly, well off
poor, rich. The family was quite well off.
be off with you!
go away!.
in the offing
about to happen. He has a new job in the offing.
off and on / on and off
sometimes; occasionally. I see him off and on at the club.
the off season the period, at a hotel, holiday resort etc, when there are few visitors: It's very quiet here in the off season; adjective (etc)
off-season rates.
References in classic literature ?
"I only came round on the off-chance of letters, but if I hadn't you'd have had another week in clover.
REGAL FLOW took advantage of an 'off-chance' entry to land Uttoxeter's Midlands Grand National at 16-1.
On the off-chance the Special One hasn't passed through.
The next stop would be to close busy thoroughfares on the off-chance an idiot is drunk.
And ban birds from flying over public places on the off-chance they might poop on us.
Both annoying and slightly sinister, most kids only bothered staying up to tune in on the off-chance any promos containing naughty bits would get an airing.
Let's face it, quite a few of us will be tuning in on the off-chance that a mum will pull rank when her famous offspring wants to overrule her on an answer.
Robert, 45, of Hadston near Morpeth, landed the seven-pounder at High Park just outside Felton on Monday after "deciding on the off-chance to go down to the river fior some fresh air." He has been fishing since he was 12 but this is the first time that he has brought the first fish of the season to the net.
PC Gill said opportunist thieves would smash windows if they saw a sat nav cradle on the off-chance the device had been left in a glove box.