main chance


Definition of main chance

: the best chance for personal or financial gain kept an eye on the main chance

Examples of main chance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The main chance of thunderstorms today will come late in the day for our western counties. Dallas News, 28 Sep. 2021 The only way to accelerate access to space would be for private-sector firms to tackle it, and pursue the main chance on their own terms. Clive Thompson, The New Republic, 3 Dec. 2020 Harris has always had an eye for where the main chance was, and the deepest pockets. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 13 Aug. 2020 The main chance for rain will be in northeast Texas. Dallas News, 11 July 2020 The main chance of showers and storms this weekend will be across Southeast Texas. Dallas News, 27 July 2019 Spying the main chance, an adventurer named Jivan—the prodigal son of one of Devraj’s closest advisers—wiles his way into power by playing on the affections of Sita’s sisters. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2018 Born in Kansas City, Katherine Noel Brosnahan took the path so many Midwesterners have and headed for New York City and the main chance. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 7 June 2018 Soon apprenticed as an apothecary, Arnold eventually set up his own general-goods shop in New Haven and, with an eye to the main chance, began making merchant voyages to Canada and the West Indies. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of main chance

1577, in the meaning defined above

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1 Oct 2021

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“Main chance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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