main chance

an opportunity offering the greatest gain: Being ambitious, he always had an eye for the main chance.

1570–80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Throughout this time he kept his eye on the main chance, the prospect of
  becoming an art pundit.
Pigeons were what hops had been to the farmers-closer to the main chance than
  you usually could get.
He butchers prisoners, betrays everybody, and seizes the main chance.
Its main chance of getting fresh oxygen is from winter rains or melting snows
  which bring in oxygen-rich water.
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