a snowball's chance in hell

Definition of a snowball's chance in hell

informal
:any chance at all used in negative statements to say that something is extremely unlikely or impossible
  • Let's be honest—there isn't a snowball's chance in hell that we'll win this game.
  • He doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting the job.

Word by Word Definitions

snowball play
  1. : a round mass of snow pressed or rolled together

  2. : snow cone

  3. : any of several cultivated shrubby viburnums (genus Viburnum) with clusters of white sterile flowers —called also snowball bush

  1. : to engage in throwing snowballs

  2. : to increase, accumulate, expand, or multiply at a rapidly accelerating rate

  3. : to throw snowballs at

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

  2. : the assumed impersonal purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings : luck

  3. : the fortuitous or incalculable element in existence : contingency

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

  2. : to have the good or bad luck

  3. : to come or light by chance

hell play
  1. : a nether world in which the dead continue to exist : hades

  2. : the nether realm of the devil and the demons in which condemned people suffer everlasting punishment

  3. : error, sin


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