once-in-a-lifetime chance

once-in-a-lifetime chance

A chance or opportunity afforded to one that is or seems unlikely to ever come about again. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to manage our European office in Switzerland, so please think about it. I found myself with the once-in-a-lifetime chance to have dinner with the famous author.
See also: chance

once-in-a-lifetime chance

 and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
a chance that will never occur again in one's lifetime. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. Don't miss it. She offered me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but I turned it down.
See also: chance
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The veteran actress and her daughter got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet the group backstage during the K-pop World Music Festival at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on Sunday.
'Lord Jesus thank You for this once-in-a-lifetime chance!!!
He took part in the competition open to children aged from seven to 12 and at half-time during Town's FA Cup match against Reading on Saturday his form was picked at random with the winner getting the once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk out onto the Wembley turf at one of its biggest sporting days of the year.
"For some players this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance and you have to enjoy it," said Laudrup, who lifted the European Cup, Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Copa > TURN TO PAGES 50-51
``I always believed that one day I would get there too and now I am here I do not intend to waste what could be a once-in-a-lifetime chance. ''
Myers wrestled with his conscience over his role, but, ultimately, he entered into the negotiations, seeing them as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to wrestle public health reforms out of the historically combative companies.