# given half a chance

## given half a chance

allowed any opportunity Given half a chance, most writers would rather talk about a project than work on it.

Usage notes: also used in the form

*give someone/something half a chance*: If we give Geoff half a chance, he could paint that kind of portrait.## given half a/the chance

(*informal*)

if someone would do something given half a chance, they would certainly do it if they had the opportunity He'd steal from his own grandmother, given half the chance. Given half a chance I'd leave this job today.

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