let the chance slip by

let the chance slip by

Fig. to lose the opportunity (to do something). When I was younger, I wanted to become a doctor, but I let the chance slip by. Don't let the chance slip by. Do it now!
See also: by, chance, let, slip
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AFTER a relatively lacklustre 2011, the Indian men's archery team is left with just one shot at a coveted Olympic berth, and they are in no mood to let the chance slip by.
Unfortunately we are not--and we need to ask why we let the chance slip by, and more importantly, what do we need to do now to cope with the looming threat of peak oil'.
Schwarzenegger spent the next 15 minutes talking about his support of education, but couldn't let the chance slip by to drum up support for Proposition 57 and 58, which he is backing to pay off the current state deficit and mandate a balanced budget in the future.
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