The main chance

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • The main chance the chief opportunity; that upon which reliance is had, esp. self-interest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • The main chance the chief object (often used of matrimony): what is most important
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cheance—Low L. cadentia—L. cadĕre, to fall.

Usage

In literature:

It was believed there was little chance that the present supply could be made to last until the water mains were in use again.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
She accepts my defection and again looks to the main chance to see how she can benefit by it.
"Man and Maid" by Elinor Glyn
But the NAACP leaders were not to be diverted from the main chance.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
Some boys can always keep an eye out for the main chance; and Ted seemed to belong to the number.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
We're both so busy, with our eye on the main chance, that there isn't much time for anything else.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
He put himself into training, always looking out for the main chance.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Naturally this crime was committed, like so many similar crimes of that day, with an eye to the main chance.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
One day it chanced that some of the men were separated from the main body when Nika killed two buffaloes.
"French Pathfinders in North America" by William Henry Johnson
Why not grasp the main chance?
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Whatever his other qualifications, he had his eye open to the main chance.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

A youth like this, we're apt to guess,
Could scarcely miss of happiness.
The main of bliss he'd surely won;
Nay, hold my friend, I've not yet done;
For if by chance he wins the main,
By chance may lose it back again.
"John Bolders" by William Hutton

In news:

Some local basketball players had the chance to learn from some of the best in Maine today.
Before the main acts of the Music as a Weapon IV tour kicked off at 1st Mariner Arena last Tuesday, I had the chance to sit down with Cristina Scabbia, frontwoman and one of two lead singers of Italian rockers Lacuna Coil.
The General's Main Chance .
The leader of the main Syrian opposition group says chances are slim that a U.N.-proposed truce for a Muslim holiday this week can take hold in Syria, partly because the plan is too vague.
It's almost Thursday and that means another chance for you to win tickets to The Band Perry at Montana Lil's at 2350 Main Street in the Heights.
Before the main acts of the Music as a Weapon IV tour kicked off at 1st Mariner Arena last Tuesday, I had the chance to sit down with Cristina Scabbia, frontwoman and one of two lead singers of Italian rockers Lacuna Coil .
Westport — Back by popular demand, the Town of Westport will be offering people a chance to make their mark on a Main Street sidewalk.
These are the main ones that indies have a chance at.
They had a chance to help redesign the Main Street Market in downtown Baton Rouge.
College presents plenty of people with their first chance for self-reinvention, but the main characters in "Damsels in Distress," the slightly surreal, joyous comedy from writer-director Whit.
Given their small size, there's little chance of a mini- moon having an effect on Earth's tides, which are governed by the main moon , but the researchers said studying them has other benefits.
TOKYO—Japan's main opposition party will elect Wednesday a new leader who has a chance at becoming the next prime minister—and also could give the government and its policies a more nationalistic bent.
Now, about the mandate: People, mainly a certain group of people, a lot of them in rural America, would rather go on chance.
A visit to the classy Samuel J Friedman, the Manhattan Theatre Club's Main Stem venue, often means a chance to revel in another gorgeous set designed by John Lee Beatty, and The Royal Family is no exception.
But there's the chance of some scattered showers and t-storms overnight (mainly after 2am) and again on Father's Day from morning to afternoon.
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In science:

The main lemma, which follows, says that (for appropriate choices of r, γ > 1) if the state s of the urn is in Σα at time T , then at time rT the chance that the state is in Σγα is exponentially close to 1.
Random Multiplication Approaches Uniform Measure in Finite Groups
The main conclusion from the above discussion is that when the ML method gives rise to inconsistent estimators, the modeler should take a closer look at the assumed statistical model; chances are, it is ill-defined.
Revisiting the Neyman-Scott model: an Inconsistent MLE or an Ill-defined Model?
Second, although metal-poor stars lose less mass to winds compared to their more enriched counterparts, they also lose less angular momentum, so that they have a larger chance of reaching the break-up limit (when the outer layers become unbound and are ejected) during the main sequence phase.
The First Cosmic Structures and their Effects
Perhaps not quite by chance, the paper notebooked just ahead of that one (Park et al. 2005) records day 6200 of SN 1987A, when X-ray brightening showed that the blast wave had reached the main body of dense circumstellar stuff.
Astrophysics in 2006
If we have two completely different sets of data, the main disadvantage of the sign test, as mentioned in Section 5, is that it could give the same result, while for the two other tests the chance to obtain the same value of r is negligible.
CMB Temperature Polarization Correlation and Primordial Gravitational Waves II: Wiener Filtering and Tests Based on Monte Carlo Simulations
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