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main chance

an opportunity offering the greatest gain:
Being ambitious, he always had an eye for the main chance.
Origin of main chance
1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The education of Mr Jonas had been conducted from his cradle on the strictest principles of the main chance.

  • Come, come; don't go to sniveling; be a good girl, and mind the main chance.

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • She watches out for the main chance, and will help him take care of his money, as well as spend it.

    Husks Marion Harland
  • I agree with you, but we should probably differ about what constitutes the main chance.

    Evenings at Donaldson Manor Maria J. McIntosh
  • Such a people are not likely to keep their eyes steadily upon the main chance like the Scotch or the Dutch.

  • Whatever his other qualifications, he had his eye open to the main chance.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • We're both so busy, with our eye on the main chance, that there isn't much time for anything else.

    The Easiest Way Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
  • As for me, I believe she has a much shrewder eye to the main chance.'

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • This young Jew, with his keen eye to the main chance, always entertained him.

    Into the Highways and Hedges F. F. Montrsor (Frances Frederica)
  • I know what 's what, and have always taken care of the main chance.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett

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