main chance

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Definition of main chance 

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

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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, "Kate Spade, Entrepreneur," 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, "‘The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold’ and ‘Turncoat’ Review: His Own Worst Enemy," 24 May 2018 The estate sometimes seems more inclined to go for the commercial main chance than to get King's words and thoughts disseminated in an appropriate context. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "That Dodge trucks Super Bowl ad shows it's time to loosen the King family's grip on MLK's legacy," 5 Feb. 2018 Trump had an animal instinct for the main chance here. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Imagine Where We'd Be If Trump Didn't Go Bananas Every Night," 18 Oct. 2016

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1577, in the meaning defined above

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