a ghost of a chance

a ghost of a chance

a very small possibility There's not a ghost of a chance that he'll be promoted.
See also: chance, ghost, of

not a ghost of a chance

if someone does not have a ghost of a chance, they are not at all likely to succeed (sometimes + of + doing sth) Against competition like that, they didn't have the ghost of a chance of winning.
See the ghost at the feast, lay the ghost of
See also: chance, ghost, of
References in classic literature ?
There was, to be sure, hardly a ghost of a chance for either of them, in a serious sense; but there was, or had been, a chance of one or the other inspiring him with a passing fancy for her, and enjoying the pleasure of his attentions while he stayed here.