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not a hope in hell

Also, not a prayer . No chance at all, as in There's not a hope in hell that we have a winning bid , or If you don't watch the conductor you won't have a prayer of coming in on time . The first term was first recorded in 1923, the second in 1941. Both allude to the chance for heavenly salvation. Also see snowball's chance in hell
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