main chance
noun Date: 1584 the best chance for personal or financial gain <
kept an eye on the main chance
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  • Main chance — Main Main (m[=a]n), a. [From {Main} strength, possibly influenced by OF. maine, magne, great, L. magnus. Cf. {Magnate}.] 1. Very or extremely strong. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] That current with main fury ran. Daniel. [1913 Webster] 2. Vast; huge.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • main chance — or the n. one s own advantage or self interest …   English World dictionary

  • main chance — noun : the chance that seems to promise most advantage one eye on heaven and one on the main chance W.M.Thackeray …   Useful english dictionary

  • main chance — an opportunity offering the greatest gain: Being ambitious, he always had an eye for the main chance. [1570 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • main chance — Meaning Origin From Shakespeare s Henry VI Part 2 …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • The main chance — Chance Chance (ch[.a]ns), n. [F. chance, OF. cheance, fr. LL. cadentia a allusion to the falling of the dice), fr. L. cadere to fall; akin to Skr. [,c]ad to fall, L. cedere to yield, E. cede. Cf. {Cadence}.] 1. A supposed material or psychical… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The Main Chance — Genre Legal drama Created by John Malcom Edmund Ward Starring John Stride Margaret Ashcroft John Wentworth No. of episodes 45 episodes …   Wikipedia

  • have an eye to the main chance — have an eye for/to/the main chance british phrase to be ready to use any possible opportunity to succeed Thesaurus: to be ready, or to get ready for somethingsynonym Main entry: eye * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • have an eye for the main chance — have an eye for/on the main chance British & Australian if someone has an eye for the main chance, they are always looking for opportunities to make money and to improve their situation. She was someone who had an eye on the main chance and who… …   New idioms dictionary

  • have an eye on the main chance — have an eye for/on the main chance British & Australian if someone has an eye for the main chance, they are always looking for opportunities to make money and to improve their situation. She was someone who had an eye on the main chance and who… …   New idioms dictionary

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