on the off chance

Definition of on the off chance

  1. —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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

  1. : used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

    :  to seaward of

    :  from the possession or charge of

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official

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


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