Buckley's chance


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Buckley's chance

Little to no chance of something. Of uncertain origin, it is either a reference to "Buckley's and none" (a pun from the former department store Buckley's & Nunn), or to the escapades of the escaped colonial convict William Buckley. Primarily heard in Australia. I'd say you have Buckley's chance of getting that loan approved.
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Buckley's chance

a forlorn hope; no chance at all. Australian & New Zealand informal
The phrase is often shortened simply to Buckley's . Who or what Buckley was remains uncertain: the name is sometimes said to refer to William Buckley , a convict transported to Australia in 1802 who escaped and lived with the Aborigines for many years, despite dire predictions as to his chances of survival.
1948 Vance Palmer Golconda Buckley's chance we have of getting our price if we're left to face the companies alone.
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It's hard not to hope that, with the likes of the Currie's on the sunnier side of history, we do have a (Tim) Buckley's chance at turning this ship around.