Buckley's hope

Buckley's hope

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 hope of getting that loan approved.
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It is Father Buckley's hope that engagement with the essays which make up the book will evoke from others involved in Catholic, Christian, or even, more widely yet, American higher education, commensurate reflections.
Roper ended Andrea Buckley's hopes of a hat trick by beating the winner for the past two years 21-13 in the quarter-final.
BUCKLEY'S hopes of challenging for honours suffered a further setback after they were stung by Bodedern at the Globe Way.
A LAST-GASP equaliser from John Fisher Cooke frustrated Buckley's hopes of making up ground on the league leaders.
Llandudno could wreck Buckley's hopes of a back-to-back coronation by completing a double in their final outing at the Oval.
Pool had taken a sixth minute lead through Frank Mottram and Buckley's hopes appeared to fade further when Lee Jones was red carded for violent conduct four minutes later.