no more than a snowball's chance in hell

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no more than a snowball's chance in hell

Not any possibility, chance, or likelihood whatsoever. Your candidate has no more than a snowball's chance in hell of winning an election in these parts. I knew there was no more than a snowball's chance in hell that they would go for my proposal, but I felt like I had to at least try.
See also: chance, hell, more, no
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snowball's chance in hell, no more than/not a

No chance at all. The hell in question, of course, is the fabulously hot place of tradition. This term appears to have replaced the earlier no more chance than a cat in hell without claws, an eighteenth-century locution that, according to Grose’s Dictionary, was applied to a person quarreling with or fighting against a much stronger opponent. The current cliché comes from late nineteenth-century America; in Britain and other English-speaking countries it is sometimes put as a snowflake’s chance in hell. See also Chinaman's chance.
See also: chance, more, no, not
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