an eye for the main chance

an eye on/for/to the main chance

The continuous seeking of opportunities to advance oneself or make money. The term often refers to someone who is ambitious without consideration of others. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. You just have an eye on the main chance—you don't care if I succeed or fail.
See also: chance, eye, main, on

an eye for the main chance

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an eye on the main chance

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone has an eye for the main chance or an eye on the main chance, they are always looking for an easy opportunity to make money or to improve their situation. Are these the words of a genuine football reformer, or an opportunist with an eye for the main chance? You make your own money and luck by being out in the world with your eye on the main chance. Note: You can also say that someone looks for the main chance or takes the main chance. He was just an idle boaster looking for the main chance.
See also: chance, eye, main
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We need not waste our time - or votes - on callow careerists with an eye for the main chance.
He had a quick wit, an eye for the main chance and he always managed to find time for a cuppa, a ciggie, a pint, a football match and a bet - and not necessarily in that order.
Here he is always with an eye for the main chance, looking at Barack Obama's book, and thinking: "I'll have some of that.
There young Quinn left school early with a strong line in flirtatious charm and an eye for the main chance.
Like his father, he had an eye for the main chance and marriage to Margaret of Beaufort gave him a dynastic alliance with the royal Lancastrians.
It's tempting to see Abu Izzadeen and Anjem Choudary as loudmouth rabble-rousers with an eye for the main chance.
Scientists all have an eye for the main chance and if they happen on some matter of doubt that can be spun into a health scare, they sniff the air and on the breeze comes the heady smell of research grants, the establishment of new facilities ( in other words ( money and enhanced reputations.
Victor Chandler does not seem to have broken any laws or rules, but simply had an eye for the main chance.
WHILE the politicians, the venture capitalists and the developers with an eye for the main chance pick over the dying body of ASW, spare a thought for the human cost of the steel giant's collapse.
45 MIN - Always an eye for the main chance, Scholes picked out Phillips in a bid to restore England's lead.
Even wily old Tesco with an eye for the main chance have come up with a tape for fathers-to-be.
He then decided to head home and landed a lead role in a Mexican musical and with an eye for the main chance he invited television producers to come and watch him perform.
By his late teens, Spencer was running the family scrap business and, even at that tender age, found he had an eye for the main chance.
If his on-site colleagues in the construction industry ever had one eye on passing girls, Richard has an eye for the main chance, saying, 'Generally, it is the women in a relationship who will do the leg work in searching out a place to live.
She's also gained, since her association with Miss Caplin, a reputation as a freeloader with an eye for the main chance.