have an eye on/for/to the main chance

have an eye on/for/to the main chance

To be continuously seeking 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, have, main, on
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eye to the main chance, have an

Look out for one's own best interest. For example, Tom is watching the company's progress very closely; he always has an eye to the main chance . [c. 1600]
See also: eye, have, main
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

have (or with) an eye for (or on or to) the main chance

look or be looking for an opportunity to take advantage of a situation for personal gain, especially when this is financial.
This expression is taken from the use of main chance in the gambling game of hazard, where it refers to a number (5, 6, 7, or 8) called by a player before throwing the dice.
See also: chance, eye, have, main
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have an eye to/for the main ˈchance

(British English, usually disapproving) be good at using opportunities for your own benefit: She’s certainly got an eye for the main chance. Her business has become highly successful.
See also: chance, eye, have, main
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