Definition of on the (off) chance in English:

on the (off) chance

phrase

  • Just in case.

    ‘she thought of ringing on the off chance of catching him at the flat’
    • ‘I'm going to continue this experiment until Saturday morning, just on the off chance that the gentleman downstairs is away.’
    • ‘You don't have to spend a year researching a subject on the off chance of selling it through your unknown name.’
    • ‘Hey: on the off chance that I should perish in a fatal car crash on some major highway, please don't commemorate my life by putting up ribbons and flowers on the telephone pole I crashed into.’
    • ‘So bad has the refuse collection service been over the past year that I have come to the conclusion that the only way to get a collection is to keep the bin permanently in the back street on the off chance that occasionally it might be emptied.’
    • ‘While Shane Warne is still taking wickets or Ricky Ponting is still scoring centuries, you wouldn't replace them just on the off chance that the crowds might find it more exciting if someone new was in the team.’
    • ‘So, on the off chance that any occupation officials are reading this post, I'm going to list a few guidelines that may help you avoid bad coverage.’
    • ‘What are the chances that, even on the off chance that she did happen to see this ad, she would actually remember one drunken night in a youth hostel ten years ago?’
    • ‘Why should we have to pay a lifetime of premiums, making some insurance company masses of money, just on the off chance that one day we can make a claim?’
    • ‘I'd found her number in the phone book and called her up on the chance that she'd meet me.’
    • ‘Bernard, 76, who moved to New South Wales from Greater Manchester 40 years ago, suspected the pigeon fancier may be a distant relative and decided to write to him on the off chance.’