a ghost of a chance

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a ghost of a chance

"a ghost of a chance"

a very small possibility


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a ghost of a chance

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I applied for the manager's job. Do you think that I might get it?

Colleague 2:  I think you have a ghost of a chance.

Colleague 1:  So you don't think that I will get the job?

Colleague 2:  I think that the odds are small that you will get the job.

Colleague 1:  But there is still some possibility that I might get it?

Colleague 2:  A slight chance, yes.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a ghost of a chance

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Is Gloria coming to the party tonight?

Friend 2:  Not a ghost of a chance.

Friend 1:  Why not?

Friend 2:  She has a huge final exam the day after tomorrow so she will be studying very hard.

Friend 1:  But Gloria is always so prepared. Maybe she has finished studying and will come to the party.

Friend 2:  I doubt it.

a ghost of a chance - Usage:


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a ghost of a chance - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a ghost of a chance.

a ghost of a chance - Examples:

1)  ... best of the chips the competition can send into the fray don't have a ghost of a chance. Now, the competition might also offer an octa-core processor.

2)  ... suckered by the so-called phantom punch. So called because Liston didn't have a ghost of a chance.

3)  ... good way to raise land values, and the lost souls will not stand a ghost of a chance against real estate developers.

4)  Donald Trump will win in every region among Republicans, though Ted Cruz has a ghost of a chance in the state's Amish-y center.

5)  ... Muslims and the whites get together, and I told her there wasn't a ghost of a chance and she went away crying?

6)  ... no PACs and spent only $300 on a campaign. I didn't have a ghost of a chance against their potential million-dollar PACs. 

7)  The home side would not even give the visitors a ghost of a chance as the well-drilled reigning champions efficiently closed out the game.

8)  Happy to have been able to survive; for no one gave me a ghost of a chance to last even 3 months.

9)  However, in the big scheme of things, I don't see a ghost of a chance of such currency movements.

10)  ... the contest was decidedly unequal. Mr Mohammed did not have a ghost of a chance.

11)  ... has little more than a ghost of a chance to redeem himself after back to back disasters ...

12)  ... has much to prove if it wants a ghost of a chance of electing anyone to office.

13)  At my age and my style of music? I doubt if I have a ghost of a chance to slug it out with the younger songwriters in the finals, ...

14)  It was a $1-million lawsuit that didn't -- ahem -- stand a ghost of a chance. # Not according to a judge who dismissed the unusual case.

15)  In past years, Indian fiction published in English didn't stand a ghost of a chance in the domestic marketplace. Books typically sold a few thousand copies.

16)  ... sometimes their own money -- on projects that to any sane eye had not a ghost of a chance.

17)  ... her Prague victory was "a miracle". We didn't think we had a ghost of a chance.

18)  Mahan had to chip it dead from 30 yards to stand even a ghost of a chance.

19)  It made perfect sense in every way but the political; it hadn't a ghost of a chance of being taken seriously.

20)  Who is the most obscure architect who doesn't have a ghost of a chance at getting the job?