One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually with negative Have a prospect of success or survival.‘his rivals don't stand a chance’
- ‘He hated the idea, but it seemed like the only way they could go and stand a chance of surviving.’
- ‘She had seen a TV programme about Ireland and thought that a somewhat unconventional person like herself stood a chance of being accepted there.’
- ‘How would the fox hunters like it if they got chased for miles knowing that they wouldn't stand a chance of surviving?’
- ‘If I'd been on duty I wouldn't have stood a chance of getting there in time.’
- ‘In the wild, Simba would not have stood a chance.’
- ‘The Olympic committee is backing a recent sports council initiative that agreed to focus most of its funding on sports that stood a chance of Olympic success.’
- ‘I have no doubt they thought they stood a chance of getting something else.’
- ‘The Tory idea stands a chance of success depending on which councillors turn up for the meeting.’
- ‘So they knew they needed to beat each other in order to stand a chance of survival.’
- ‘Basically it didn't get any airplay on Radio One and if you don't get airplay, you don't stand a chance.’
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