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chance would be a fine thing

Definition of chance would be a fine thing

British informal

  1. —used to say that something good or desirable is not likely to happen <This candidate promises to solve all the country's financial problems in six months. Chance would be a fine thing!>



Word by Word Definitions

chanceplay
  1. :  something that happens unpredictably without discernible human intention or observable cause

    :  the assumed impersonal purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings :  luck

    :  the fortuitous or incalculable element in existence :  contingency

  1. :  to take place, come about, or turn out by chance :  happen

    :  to have the good or bad luck

    :  to come or light by chance

wouldplay
  1. : past of will

    :  wished, desired

    :  wish for :  want

fineplay
  1. :  end, conclusion

    :  a compromise of a fictitious suit used as a form of conveyance of lands

    :  a sum imposed as punishment for an offense

  1. :  to impose a fine on :  punish by a fine

  1. :  free from impurity

    :  having a stated proportion of pure metal in the composition expressed in parts per thousand

    :  very thin in gauge or texture

  1. :  finely: as

    :  very well

    :  all right

  1. :  purify, clarify

    :  to make finer in quality or size

    :  to become pure or clear

  1. :  end

thingplay
  1. :  a matter of concern :  affair

    :  state of affairs in general or within a specified or implied sphere

    :  a particular state of affairs :  situation


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