One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Expressing a speaker's belief that something is desirable but the opportunity is unlikely to arise.‘‘You should come to the cafe with us.’ ‘Chance would be a fine thing.’’
- ‘Probably not, but the chance would be a fine thing!’
- ‘Nobody wants a police state - chance would be a fine thing with the human rights brigade always waiting to pounce - but how would those who voted against the 90-day clause feel if there was yet another terrorist attack?’
- ‘The chance would be a fine thing given the fickleness of British weather.’
- ‘Some Iraqis might think that the chance would be a fine thing.’
- ‘Now I, for one, wouldn't mind seeing the tattooed one getting it on with the other one, but a nagging little voice in my ear says chance would be a fine thing.’
- ‘But chance would be a fine thing, say Labour MPs.’
- ‘Okay that's your lot for a few days while I sit in a cold bath trying to recover what's left of my ears - chance would be a fine thing.’
- ‘I'm still thrashing Mr L., not literally, although the chance would be a fine thing indeed…’
- ‘The chance would be a fine thing - with Wellington boots on!’
- ‘Actually, I am rather proud of my culinary skills, but as regards the boudoir, well chance would be a fine thing.’
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