on the off chance


used to talk about something that might happen or be true but that is not likely
I called his office on the off chance that he would still be there, but he had already left.

Examples of on the off chance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And on the off chance there could be another special female guest at the Kelce table this year, Donna is ready for it. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023 There’s also the option to add a wood or acrylic display stand on the off chance that your recipient loves their gift too much to actually play with it. Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 11 Oct. 2023 And on the off chance that South Bend hosts a shootout that week, the Buckeyes must be prepared. Jimmy Watkins, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2023

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“On the off chance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20off%20chance. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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