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nounin phrase have Buckley's luck" or "have Buckley's chance
Have little or no chance of doing or achieving something.‘the vehicle had Buckley's chance of stopping’
- ‘I need to put this on record because I am supposed to be hosting that concert and I think I have a Buckley's of doing that.’
- ‘Therefore, if one has a matter which is over $10 000, one has Buckley's chance of having it heard in the Industrial Magistrates Court.’
- ‘In short, they feared that they had Buckley's chance of making a success of it.’
Late 19th century: sometimes said to be from the name of William Buckley (died 1856), who, despite dire predictions as to his chances of survival, lived with the Aborigines for many years.
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