not stand an earthly

not stand an earthly

To have no possible or feasible chance (of doing or accomplishing something). A truncated form of "not stand an earthly chance." Primarily heard in UK. He doesn't stand an earthly 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.
See also: earthly, not, stand

not stand (or have) an earthly

have no chance at all. British informal
See also: earthly, not, stand
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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.