Meaning of CHANCE in English

CHANCE

I.

noun

1 possibility

ADJECTIVE

▪ excellent , good , high , real , strong

There is a very real ~ that the film will win an award.

▪ decent , fair , fighting , legitimate , realistic , reasonable , solid , sporting

There's a fair ~ that nobody will come to the talk.

▪ little , the merest , million-to-one , minimal , outside , remote , slender , slight , slim

There was only a million-to-one ~ of it happening.

As long as there is an outside ~, we will go for it.

▪ fifty-fifty , one-in-three, etc. , 10%, 20%, etc.

They have a 90% ~ of success.

▪ zero ( esp. AmE )

He had zero ~ of survival.

▪ survival

What are his survival ~s?

▪ election , electoral ( esp. BrE )

▪ play-off ( AmE )

VERB + CHANCE

▪ give sb

The doctors gave him ( = said that he had ) little ~ of surviving the night.

▪ be in with , have , stand

After a poor start, they are now in with a ~ of winning.

He doesn't stand a ~ of winning against such an experienced player.

▪ assess , rate

How do you rate our ~s of finding her?

▪ fancy ( BrE )

I don't fancy our ~s of getting there on time.

▪ boost , enhance , improve , increase , maximize

▪ compromise , decrease , hurt , jeopardize , lessen , minimize , prejudice , reduce , ruin , scupper ( BrE , informal ), spoil

▪ destroy , eliminate , end , kill

It was a mistake which eliminated any ~ of an Australian victory.

▪ risk

He didn't want to risk the ~ of being discovered.

PREPOSITION

▪ by any ~

Are you by any ~ Mr Ludd?

▪ ~ of

The missing climber's ~s of survival are slim.

▪ ~ for

the variety with the best ~ for success

PHRASES

▪ fat ~ ( informal )

Fat ~ ( = there is no chance ) of him helping you!

▪ have every ~

She has every ~ of passing the exam if she works hard.

▪ no ~!

‘Will he lend us his car?’ ‘No ~!’

▪ not a snowball's ~ in hell ( informal )

There isn't a snowball's ~ in hell ( = there is no chance ) that I'll wear that thing!

▪ on the off ~ (= just in case)

I rang the company just on the off ~ that they might have a vacancy.

2 opportunity

ADJECTIVE

▪ equal , fair , good , great , ideal , wonderful

She played left-handed to give her opponent a fair ~.

This is the ideal ~ for him to show his ability.

▪ big

This is your big ~, so grab it with both hands.

▪ golden

He had wasted a golden ~ to make history.

▪ once-in-a-lifetime , rare , unique

▪ only

He realized that this might be his only ~ to save himself.

▪ final , last , second

The teacher gave her one last ~ to prove she could behave.

There are no second ~s in this business.

▪ educational , life

The new college is intended to improve the life ~s of children in the inner city.

▪ clear , clear-cut , save ( AmE ), scoring ( all sports )

He blew four of his seven save ~s.

… OF CHANCE

▪ element

There is always an element of ~ in buying a used car.

VERB + CHANCE

▪ get , have

I finally had the ~ to meet my hero.

▪ deserve

He deserves the ~ to give his side of the story.

▪ enjoy , relish , welcome

I would welcome the ~ to give my opinion.

▪ afford (sb) , give sb , offer (sb) , provide (sb with)

▪ deny sb

No child should be denied the ~ of growing up in a family.

▪ await , wait for

▪ create , make ( sports )

The team created several clear ~s but failed to score.

▪ see , spot

She spotted her ~ of making a quick profit.

▪ grab , grasp , jump at , seize , take

Travis had left the door open—she seized her ~ and was through it like a shot.

Take every ~ that comes your way.

▪ blow ( informal ), forfeit , lose , miss , pass up , squander , throw away , turn down , waste

They blew their ~ to go second in the league.

I wouldn't pass up the ~ of working for them.

CHANCE + VERB

▪ arise , come , come your way

When the ~ came to go to Paris, she jumped at it.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ at

Katie was his last real ~ at happiness.

He had been given a new ~ at life.

PHRASES

▪ given the ~

Given the ~, I'd retire tomorrow.

▪ half a ~

The dog always runs off when it gets half a ~.

▪ let a ~ slip , let a ~ slip away

If she let this ~ slip, she would regret it for the rest of her life.

3 risk

VERB + CHANCE

▪ take

The guidebook didn't mention the hotel, but we decided to take a ~.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ on

The manager took a ~ on the young goalkeeper.

▪ ~ with

The police were taking no ~s with the protesters.

4 luck/fortune

ADJECTIVE

▪ mere , pure , sheer

▪ random

▪ happy , lucky

By a happy ~ he bumped into an old friend on the plane.

▪ unlucky

VERB + CHANCE

▪ leave sth to

Leaving nothing to ~, he delivered the letter himself.

PREPOSITION

▪ by ~

The police came upon the hideout purely by ~.

▪ due to ~

The results could simply be due to ~.

▪ through ~

I got most answers right through sheer ~.

PHRASES

▪ a game of ~

Chess is not a game of ~.

▪ take your ~s (= take a risk in the hope that things will turn out well)

He took his ~s and jumped into the water.

II.

verb

Chance is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ look , ↑ luck , ↑ peek

III.

adj.

Chance is used with these nouns: ↑ acquaintance , ↑ conversation , ↑ discovery , ↑ encounter , ↑ meeting , ↑ mutation , ↑ remark

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