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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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Elsewhere, child killer and rapist Frederick Baer tells how he is so hated that he must spend his days in solitude as the other prisoners would kill him given half the chance.
My 13-year-old would merrily while away his summer holiday gazing at a screen given half the chance.
It also evidence that Labor is lining up for another deal with the Greens, 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.
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.
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.
com and is on the board, indicated, David is an outstanding chairman with a pedigree any plc would grab given half the chance we are truly delighted to have him on board as our chair.
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.
Given half the chance many of them would have drunk Alcaway.
A real man could show her what life is really about given half the chance.