dog's chance


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dog's chance

A very slim chance. Used to describe something that is unlikely to happen. Considering you only studied for 10 minutes, you have a dog's chance of passing this test! I get really nervous when I present something to the boss, so I think I only have a dog's chance of impressing her today.
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'No one gave him a dog's chance, but he's proved them all wrong and done a great job.'
'We could have pulled it out of the bag on Saturday, but if you knew what we went through as a group of players and a team, then you wouldn't have given us a dog's chance. They gave everything they had, but the tank is dry.
The chairman claimed: "The odds are loaded in favour of the big clubs but it's a dog's chance the First Division sides MUST take."
No ancient prophets should come from their graves to tell us that the fact that due to the competent manner in which the Akufo-Addo administration has been ruling the country, it (NDC) does not have a dog's chance of winning the 2020 elections genuinely.
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When the draw was first made and Scotland were drawn alongside the World Cup winners Italy and runners up France - and let's not forget Ukraine are also a very good football team - no one gave us a dog's chance of qualifying.
"Once parvo takes hold the dog's chance of survival is very limited.
Margetson had not a dog's chance of saving it, even though he made contact with a palm and from that point it really was up to City to show some mettle.
FURTHER to my letter headlined A Dog's Chance (ECHO, November 22), I do not think people get the point I was trying to make.
He said: "I played for Falkirk when we got Celtic in the Cup semi-final and no one gave us a dog's chance but we got through to the final after two matches.
Form does not give them a dog's chance. They were awful before Christmas, sneaked in against Ireland and then managed to lose to Wales.
But wouldn't you just love it if just for once the bookies, the smug fans, the pundits who reckon the also- rans only have a dog's chance of winning anything got it rammed right up them?
Mahama definitely knows that in the face of good governance by President Akufo-Addo, he does not have a dog's chance of cleanly winning the 2020 elections.
If you'd been an insider in the run-up to that game you wouldn't have given us a dog's chance.