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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.
See also: chance, given, half

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.
See also: chance, given, half
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Given half the chance, the Tories would love to send the jobless back up chimneys for no pay, so sliding down one as Santa is a small step forward.
com and is on the board, indicated, David is an outstanding chairman with a pedigree any plc would grab given half the chance we are truly delighted to have him on board as our chair.
The largest skill development programme in the UAE for children between the ages of four and 12, UCMAS graduates participate in a challenging two year arithmetic scheme, where students are taught how simple the subject can be if given half the chance.
Given half the chance, sister merrily stabs sister in the back.
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Given half the chance, the rain will come in here too, just to get a wee heat.
He set sail on a boat to France Frightened to give a backward glance Would have swam home given half the chance.
That was in stark contrast to the feelings of Giggs and Neville by the way, both of whom talked as though they would play on at Old Trafford until their fifties given half the chance by Fergie.
So, no wonder we parents would all prefer to go abroad for our holidays given half the chance.
He's still got two cracking feet and given half the chance, he'll hit the target.
defence, rather than the first one that sprang to my mind: "C'mon love, given half the chance who wouldn't?
The reception might be deafening as they amble around the stage dedicating songs to "all the sexy ladies in the house", but you get the feeling most of those girls would eat Blazin' Squad for breakfast given half the chance.
Given half the chance many of them would have drunk Alcaway.
Given half the chance, most people would like to have their cake and eat it, too.
We're sure lots of men would dance to Georgie's tune - given half the chance.