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given half a/the chance

If one had the opportunity to do something (usually something that one would eagerly do). You have to take that job—I certainly would if given half the chance! I would go back to my childhood in a second if given half the chance—my adult responsibilities are so overwhelming.
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"I'd be here all day given half the chance," she said.
My 13-year-old would merrily while away his summer holiday gazing at a screen given half the chance.
The largest skill development programme in the UAE for children between the ages of four and 12, UCMAS graduates participate in a challenging two year arithmetic scheme, where students are taught how simple the subject can be if given half the chance.
I resolutely refuse to buy an umbrella (and indeed would impose an all-out ban, given half the chance) and thus spend a lot of time wearing a hat.
Given half the chance, most people would like to have their cake and eat it, too.
That was in stark contrast to the feelings of Giggs and Neville by the way, both of whom talked as though they would play on at Old Trafford until their fifties given half the chance by Fergie.
He's also been just as noisy about the spivs, shysters and money men who nick those good ideas given half the chance.
Better known as Yogi, the father-oftwosaid hewould turnout again "given half the chance" - but for now he is concentrating on learning to eat, and talk, all over again.
Dan might be better off using the old Friends "We were on a break!" defence, rather than the first one that sprang to my mind: "C'mon love, given half the chance who wouldn't?"
The teenagers have been through the same gruelling auditions ordeal and, given half the chance, are set to follow in their pop heroes' footsteps.
Given half the chance, the Tories would love to send the jobless back up chimneys for no pay, so sliding down one as Santa is a small step forward.
Given half the chance, sister merrily stabs sister in the back.
OntheBox GORDON RAMSAY'S ULTIMATE COOKERY COURSE: MONDAY, 5PM, CHANNEL 4 IF you think you're one of those cooks who would burn water given half the chance, celebrity chef and former Warwickshire schoolboy Gordon Ramsay is having none of it.