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Buckley's Line breaks: Buck|ley's
Pronunciation: /ˈbʌklɪz/

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Definition of Buckley's in English:


(in phrase (not) have Buckley's (or Buckley's chance)) Australian /NZ informal
Have little or no chance of doing or achieving something: the vehicle had Buckley’s chance of stopping
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  • I need to put this on record because I am supposed to be hosting that concert and I think I have a Buckley's of doing that.
  • Therefore, if one has a matter which is over $10 000, one has Buckley's chance of having it heard in the Industrial Magistrates Court.
  • In short, they feared that they had Buckley's chance of making a success of it.


Late 19th century: sometimes said to be from the name of William Buckley (died 1856), who, despite dire predictions as to his chances of survival, lived with the Aborigines for many years.

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