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chance would be a fine thing

Definition of chance would be a fine thing in English:

British informal Expressing a speaker’s belief that something is desirable but the opportunity is unlikely to arise: ‘You should come to the cafe with us.’ ‘Chance would be a fine thing.’
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  • Nobody wants a police state - chance would be a fine thing with the human rights brigade always waiting to pounce - but how would those who voted against the 90-day clause feel if there was yet another terrorist attack?
  • The chance would be a fine thing - with Wellington boots on!
  • But chance would be a fine thing, say Labour MPs.
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