an eye on/for/to the main chance

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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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The contest is portrayed as a London derby between Tottenham and West Ham, who have a pickpocket's eye for the main chance.
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." Obama wrote his.
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.
Thanks to a keen eye for the main chance, a new-build golf course for the common man and a clutch of exceedingly generous Japanese businessmen, Smith has been able to deliver us Kauto Star, the immensely gifted, boldly campaigned and intriguingly flawed favourite for Cheltenham's Totesport Gold Cup.
I think that one of the defining characteristics of humanity is its flexibility, its resilience--and its eye for the main chance. One could call this greed.
Preston certainly has an eye for the main chance. After his reality TV exploits and hooking up with a chav princess, he's enrolled the excellent Lady S to bolster the OBs.
The Babylonian marriage market represents a peculiarly Victorian combination of the edifying (based on a passage in Herodotus and scrupulous archaeological research) with the titillating, and of high-mindedness with a sharp eye for the main chance. Once a year, according to Herodotus, it was the Babylonian custom to assemble all the village girls of marriageable age and hold an auction.
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.
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.
From the early days as one of Britain's very first techno bands, to their comfortable position today as the dons of big beat electronica, Fluke have shown a sharp eye for the main chance while keeping a vital distance from the trappings of fame which have sunk many of their contemporaries.
But his eye for the main chance was still evident and once more a single break was enough to give him the third set 6-4 for a 2-1 lead with the match entering its third hour.