Chinaman

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have a Chinaman on (one's) back

To suffer from an addiction to narcotics or the withdrawal symptoms caused by it. A derogatory phrase, it likely refers to opium's classical association with Southeast Asia. Having that Chinaman on her back has kept Janet out of work for years. I want to get clean and turn my life around, but having this Chinaman on my back is absolute torture.
See also: back, Chinaman, have, on

have a Chinaman at (one's) neck

To suffer from an addiction to narcotics or the withdrawal symptoms caused by it. A derogatory phrase, it likely refers to opium's classical association with Southeast Asia. Having that Chinaman at her neck has kept Janet out of work for years. I want to get clean and turn my life around, but having this Chinaman at my neck is absolute torture.
See also: Chinaman, have, neck

carry a Chinaman on (one's) back

To suffer from an addiction to narcotics or the withdrawal symptoms caused by it. A derogatory phrase, it likely refers to opium's classical association with Southeast Asia. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Carrying that Chinaman on her back has kept Janet out of work for years. I want to get clean and turn my life around, but carrying this Chinaman on my back is absolute torture.
See also: back, carry, Chinaman, on

Chinaman's chance

Little or no chance at all; a completely hopeless prospect. This derogatory phrase originated in the 1800s and referred to Chinese immigrants who worked for extremely low wages, faced racism and higher taxation, and were prohibited from testifying in court for violence committed against them. Primarily heard in US, South Africa.
See also: chance

Chinaman's chance

Also, ghost of a chance. An extremely slim chance, a hopeless undertaking. Both versions are most often put negatively, as in He hasn't a Chinaman's chance of finishing the work in time, or They haven't a ghost of a chance to get as far as the playoffs. The first term, now considered offensive, dates from the late 1800s when many Chinese immigrants came to work in California and were resented because they worked for lower wages. Its precise allusion is unclear. The variant, which relies on the meaning of ghost as an insubstantial shadow, dates from the mid-1800s. Also see the synonyms fat chance; not an earthly chance.
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not a Chinaman's chance

Also, not a ghost of a chance. See under Chinaman's chance.
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not a Chinaman's chance

not even a very slight chance.
1952 Frank Yerby A Woman Called Fancy You haven't a Chinaman's chance of raising that money in Boston.
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Chinaman's chance

Slim to no possibility. There have been several explanations about the origin of this odious phrase, all arising from Chinese immigrants working in the American West. One is that they were given the most dangerous jobs, such as setting and igniting explosives. Another is that judges and juries routinely convicted Chinese defendants on the flimsiest of evidence. A third is that Chinese miners were allowed to work gold claims only after others had taken the best ore. In any event, “Chinaman's chance” should be relegated to the slag heap.
See also: chance
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When three Cuban smuggling brokers are trying to persuade him to smuggle, one of them says "Can Chinamen talk?
Garland, interview; "Tricked by White Mate Oriental Seeks Revenge," HUSH Free Press, 15 July 1944: "Two Chinamen Fight Over Young White Woman," Justice Weekly, 17 March 1951.
I would therefore be most grateful if these wretched Chinamen did not write again with their offers to sell me grey granite kerbstones or they will have no use other than as tombstones for our demise by global mailing.
By contrast, the narrator finds peace in contemplating the tranquility of what he imagines as Eastern artwork--"Two Chinamen [.
28, 1946, "He said also that they had just commenced operations having killed six Chinamen 3 days ago, and four Americans, on the day before yesterday.
Now, the Chinamen in Seattle, they not want have anything more to do with our family.
Chinese Canadians who first came to Canada in the mid- 1880s to build railroads were called Chinamen.
So I set off on a trek round Hall 1 only to find it's full of Chinamen selling pumpkin seeds.
gt;> Dans l'un des rares editoriaux du Quebec-Chronicle defavorables aux immigrants chinois, la question de la proprete et de la salubrite des commerces tenus par ceux-ci a ete abordee : << Should Chinamen do Canadian laundry?
Festival 50 begins tomorrow with The Monkey's Paw, Resting Place and Chinamen and there will also be the chance to see Sure Thing.
Shanghai was once a city ground under the heel of arrogant Western colonialism, where the European lords of the earth erected the notorious "No dogs or Chinamen allowed" signs around their privileged enclaves.
Katich, 35, has used the eight-week break since Australia's Test series against Pakistan to overcome shoulder problems and return to bowling his chinamen regularly in the SCG nets.
Headlines such as "Troublesome Chinese: A West Rand Outrage, Miner's House Attacked, Nine Chinamen Arrested" were common in the Daily Mail.
50) When William Irwin, governor of California, urged the legislature of that state to lobby Congress to prevent unlimited Chinese immigration, the document stated that "the 180,000 Chinamen constitute one sixth of the population of California, pay less than one-four-hundredth of the State revenue, and send back to China $180,000,000 annually ($1,000 each).
When black workers continued to act as strikebreakers, Gompers threatened, "The Caucasians are not going to let their standard of living be destroyed by Negroes, Chinamen, Japs, or any other.