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.
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.