to stand a chance

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - stand a chance

"to stand a chance"

to have a possibility or a hope of success


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - stand a chance

Two teammates are talking ...

Teammate 1:  Well, there's only five minutes left in the game and we are down by five points.

Teammate 2:  Do you think there is a possibility that we can win the game?

Teammate 1:  I believe we stand a chance if we play really hard and smart.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - stand a chance

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  Did you put in your application in for Harvard?

Student 2:  I did but I don't think there is really any hope that I'll get in.

Student 1:  Why is that?

Student 2:  My grade point average is only 3.0.

Student 1:  You don't stand a chance!

to stand a chance - Usage:


to stand a chance - Gerund Form:

Standing a chance is what kept him moving forward with the project.

to stand a chance - Examples:

1)  Big Corporations own the Patent industry, the little guy doesn't stand a chance!

2)  What you did in the past was silly and reckless, you still stand a chance. The most important thing is honesty.

3)  I stand a chance against a guy without a gun if my life is in danger.

4)  Obama does not stand a chance.

5)  You do not stand a chance trying to hand register it yourself.

6)  You might stand a chance to gain that domain name.

7)  On a level playing field the 4s still does not stand a chance against a "real" camera.

8)  All of the excuses any of us make don't stand a chance against this serious disease.

9)  Do I stand a chance to gain entry into medical school?

10)  Our youth don't stand a chance without people like you making others aware of what is happening in these neighborhoods.

11)  Stock up on firearms and gear up with survival supplies so maybe we stand a chance if our government turns on us and tries taking us out of our homes.

12)  If I was someone else, I'd stand a chance with you. Something being me will not allow.

13)  Nothing of this nature stands a chance of seriously influencing the course of our history

14)  I think he stands a chance, I mean he is a proven great leader.

15)  She stands a chance of getting a job, only when she loses her defeatist mindset. 

16)  The one thing that stands a chance of scuppering our calculations is if the population is split into isolated groups.

17)  He stands a chance if he tries to rewrite the rules of the game.

18)  They wanted to make something that stood a chance of going into production when they were tapped by industry experts.

19)  Your cancer was aggressive and fast and your body never stood a chance.

20)  But then, you were so stubborn I don't think I would have stood a chance.