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off chance

See at chance (def 17). Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for off-chance
Contemporary Examples
  • In other words, a Palestinian from Susya could, hypothetically, apply for a permit on the 5% off-chance that it will be accepted.

Historical Examples
  • But I waited before taking up her reference, on the off-chance of this one being a marvel.

    Berry And Co. Dornford Yates
  • I suppose we may as well go for a prowl to-night, on the off-chance of finding him.

    The Motor Pirate George Sidney Paternoster
  • It was a stark impossibility to hang about on the off-chance of meeting Blenkiron.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • Corder stood in the door for a moment, on the off-chance that his friend might be joking.

    The Cock-House at Fellsgarth Talbot Baines Reed
  • He lifted the latch of the door, on the off-chance; the door opened.

    813 Maurice Leblanc
  • It was an off-chance, and he well knew it; but there was nothing else to be done.

  • It's not irreverent for me to say it, I hope—but God comes in on the off-chance, George.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • He kept it on the off-chance of being able to make something out of it.

    For Fortune and Glory Lewis Hough
  • Think I'll cut off my crust at dinner to-night on the off-chance, anyway!

British Dictionary definitions for off-chance

off chance

a slight possibility
on the off chance, with the hope: on the off chance of getting the job
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Word Origin and History for off-chance

1861, from off (adv.) + chance (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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