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Buckley's and none

Little to no chance of something. It is likely a pun taken from "Buckley & Nunn," an Australian department store that was founded in 1851. It is often preceded by "two chances" in some form or another. Primarily heard in Australia. A: "Do you think she'd go out on a date with me?" B: "I'd say you have two chances: Buckley's and none."
See also: and, none

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.
See also: chance

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.
See also: hope

Buckley's

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 of getting that loan approved.

have Buckley's (chance)

To have little to no chance of doing 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, New Zealand. I'd say you have Buckley's chance of getting that loan approved.
See also: have

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.
See also: chance
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