on the (off) chance

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on the (off) chance

In the unlikely event. On the off chance that you get home before me, can you put the roast in the oven?
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on the off chance

Because there is a very slight, remote, or unlikely possibility (that something may happen or be the case). You'll probably need to replace your washing machine, but on the off that I can fix it, let me open it up and take a look. I don't think Jack would go on a date with me, but on the off that he says yes, I'm going to ask him anyway!
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on the off chance

because of a slight possibility that something may happen or might be the case; just in case. I went to the theater on the off chance that there were tickets for the show left. We didn't think we would get into the football game, but we went on the off chance.
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on the off chance

see under on the chance that.
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on the off chance

In the slight hope or possibility.
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