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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.

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

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 on the name of 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

have ˈBuckley’s (chance)

(AustralE, New Zealand, informal) used to suggest that somebody has little or no hope of achieving a particular aim: She has Buckley’s of getting any more than $5 000 for her car.
See also: have
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Buckley opens his column about the death of Jerry Garcia with, "If I ever heard a song played by the Grateful Dead I wasn't aware of it." Buckley then goes on to criticize Garcia for not going public with his addictions to drugs and alcohol.
Mr Angelsea, who lived in Drury, was a stalwart of the town's community and dedicated a large part of his life to organising the historic Buckley Jubilee festival, regularly leading the annual procession.
Tight early bowling from Shakir Muhammad and Wasim Qasim put Swaine under pressure and, with excellent back-up from Buckley, the Premiership's second-placed side were soon up against it at 70-5 in 21 overs.
Buckley, a musician, bought the ticket at a Jackson's convenience store on West Seventh Avenue.
In a statement, her widower, Ronald, said Mrs Buckley was on the opposite side of the road from him, in the dark.
It is 11 painful years since the Whites surrendered their proud top-flight status, but Buckley insists he can help them end their agonising exile.
The line was a joke, but in the first week of June, Buckley later noted, "the idea came to me very suddenly": why not actually run for mayor as the candidate of the state Conservative Party?
Tuesday, April 14 Miss Buckley's handbag is discovered in Dawsholm Park, in the Kelvindale area of Glasgow early in the afternoon.
I was doing it between 20 and 25 years and it just started to feel like I did my thing," Buckley told Brokers Weekly.
Said Buckley CEO Joe Bilotta: "Our ability to compete in the highly consolidated Fresno market with a free-standing FM was a significant reason to entertain and eventually sell KSEQ to Lotus.
San Jose City College's Rafael Moscorro stayed calm enough to edge University of Cork's Ciaran Buckley for the Men's A title, 20-21, 21-20 and 11-10.
It started as it was to go on for Buckley. He savoured a fabulous double back in 1976, when Grand Canyon won the Colonial Cup in South Carolina only hours after Zeta's Lad had won the Hennessy at Newbury.
In this historical examination, I position God and Man at Yale as an early modern conservative critique of higher education, for Buckley's work laid a foundation for later conservative critics and their charges of higher education's politically liberal bias and growing antipathy toward the ideals of Christianity and Western civilization.
At the beginning, the future of the magazine seemed doubtful; Buckley not only founded the National Review, he funded it, particularly through the lean early years.