snowball's chance in hell

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - snowball's chance in hell

"snowball's chance in hell"

no chance whatsoever;

to be completely impossible or incredibly unlikely


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - snowball's chance in hell

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Do you think we can finish this project by the deadline?

Colleague 2: We don't have a snowball's chance in hell.

Colleague 1: Why not?

Colleague 2: The deadline is tomorrow and there is at least three day's work left to do.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - snowball's chance in hell

Two teammates are talking ...

Teammate 1: Well, there are two innings to go and we are down twelve-nothing. Are we going to win?

Teammate 2: Not a snowball's chance in hell.

Teammate 1: Do you suppose we could score at least one run?

Teammate 2: Maybe. Although, I would suggest it is unlikely as the other team has been dominating us all game.

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snowball's chance in hell - Examples:

1)  There's not a snowball's chance in hell that Australia will have carbon pricing by July this year.

2)  ... unless the world moves decisively as a community of nations, we have not a snowball's chance in hell of avoiding climate catastrophe.

3)  What utter crap from the Labor Party! The party realises it has a snowball's chance in hell of getting re-elected in either state or federal elections.

4)  ... and vastly more energy than our civilization can burn if we're to have a snowball's chance in hell of seeing this century out without a major war.

5)  ... individual who does not fit the dream of the American stereotype, hasn't a snowball's chance in hell of gaining this high office. 

6)  ... he will be deemed unsuitable to raise the children, and not have a snowball's chance in hell of getting a fair hearing?

7)  and Cyril has just told me that there is not a snowball's chance in hell of him turning up for that meeting.

8)  But I don't see a snowball's chance in hell of it. So, we're doomed.

9)  Small community groups stand a snowball's chance in hell of getting public service contracts - they won't have the ...

10)  ... second best team in the PL being over-hyped, then you don't stand a snowball's chance in hell of being branded something other than deluded.

11)  ... changed it twice, it's currently 10.15, and there's not a snowball's chance in hell that I can keep that appointment.

12)  ... and with Balmoral sold off a referendum on that basis wouldn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of succeeding because the appeal of the Crown is too attractive.

13)  I haven't got a snowball's chance in hell of influencing the British government.

14)  There is not a snowball's chance in hell that we will revert to a 'gold standard'.

15)  An independent candidate - for almost any office - doesn't stand a snowball's chance in Hell of defeating either of the two parties. 

16)  ... As far as I'm concerned, NASA has a snowball's chance in hell of achieving anything truly visionary. I hope I'm wrong.

17)  Democratic solutions applied to a non-democratic system don't have a snowball's chance in hell.

18)  ... the 750,000 titles self-published annually, how many do you honestly estimate would stand a snowball's chance in hell if they landed on an agent's or editor's desk?

19)  My heart breaks for these kids, they don't stand a snowball's chance in hell of being properly educated, of ever escaping the tyranny of poverty.

20)  Regarding Tibet, I don't think there is a snowball's chance in hell of true autonomy.