Not stand an earthly - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
not stand an earthly
not stand an earthly (chance)
To have no possible or feasible chance of doing or accomplishing something. Primarily heard in UK. He doesn't stand an earthly chance of winning, but I'm voting for him nonetheless. I knew I wouldn't stand an earthly of getting that promotion if I didn't make myself stand out in the company more.
not stand (or have) an earthly have no chance at all. British informal
References in periodicals archive
He knew that with such a badly depleted side St Helens did not stand an earthly
of keeping the scoreline tight against mighty Bradford.
The prospect of qualifying for the finals - in which the present Scottish squad would not stand an earthly
- is made even juicier if it is at England's expense.