on the off chance

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - on the off chance

"on the off chance"

because something is possible but unlikely


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - on the off chance

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: My computer is acting strangely.

Colleague 2: Maybe it is infected with a virus.

Colleague 1: I doubt it. The company runs scans frequently.

Colleague 2: Did you transfer any files from your home computer recently?

Colleague 1: Yes, but my home computer is clean.

Colleague 2: Well, on the off chance that it isn't, perhaps running another scan here might be a good idea.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - on the off chance

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: My dog has run away again but this time I can't find her anywhere. I have looked in all the usual places.

Friend 2: Have you checked with your ex?

Friend 1: My dog has never run away to my ex's place before.

Friend 2: On the off-chance that she has this time, you had better give your ex a call.

on the off chance - Usage:


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on the off chance - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for on the off chance.

on the off chance - Examples:

1)  ... buy hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of your own equipment on the off chance that the year returns enough money for your family to survive.

2)  ... gives you the peace of mind that you spoke to someone and on the off chance they offered you a full and immediate refund, ...

3)  ... about a set of flaws in detail that would be worth discussing on the off chance that it could lead to something constructive.

4)  This lawsuit likely won't go far, but on the off chance it does, we'll be sure to keep you availed to the latest.

5)  Putting everything in a neat little pile and filing it away, on the off chance that it will ever be needed in a courtroom.

6)  It rides around in the trunk for years as weight wasting gasoline on the off chance that one day you might need it.

7)  ... sometimes land on me, but rarely bite, and when, on the off chance, they do, I don't get the itchy welts from them.

8)  Make a bucket list - a list of buckets you should buy on the off chance you survive in your bunker. Buckets will come in handy, ...

9)  I keep closing my eyes on the off chance I might see your face.

10)  On the off chance that you'd like some help, here's a list of six simple goals ...

11)  On the off chance you might be willing to heed any advice, heed this from Thomas Jefferson, ...

12)  Hey Matt, on the off chance you read this would you give me a quick head's up on something I ...

13)  ... not the right audience. People simply didn't buy that magazine on the off chance there might be a recruitment advertisement targeted at them in it. 

14)  Chances are you won't read this, but if on the off chance you do, I will ask a simple question.

15)  ... heard eating live maggots can actually be dangerous to ones health on the off chance it survives stomach acids, or gets hung up along the way down.

16)  ... police can not be expected to preserve everything that comes into their hands on the off-chance that it will be relevant in the future.

17)  ... to bet you've got plenty to do on your days off. On the off-chance that you're stuck for fair-weather fun, here's our recommended itinerary for the ...

18)  ... fair-haired unknown young man called round one evening to my bedsitter, on the off-chance I might be in. 

19)  ... they want you to be available at the drop of a hat, on the off-chance they might need you for a shift.

20)  So every business large or small would have to employ Welsh speakers on the off-chance one of the 3% walks into the shop demanding to be served in Welsh.