not have a snowball's chance in hell

not have a (snowball's) chance in hell not have any possibility.

It quickly became clear that I didn't have a snowball's chance in hell of finding my lost wallet.

Usage notes: sometimes used in the form have no chance in hell
Etymology: based on the idea that a snowball (= snow pressed into a round shape) would melt in hell

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • not have a snowball's chance in hell — (not) have a snowball s chance in hell to have no chance at all of achieving something. With those grades she hasn t a snowball s chance in hell of getting into college. (usually + of + doing something) …   New idioms dictionary

  • not have a snowball's chance (in hell) — not have a snowball’s chance (in hell) informal phrase to have no chance of doing or having something Thesaurus: likely to failsynonym Main entry: snowball …   Useful english dictionary

  • not have a snowball's chance in hell — not have a ˌsnowball s chance in ˈhell f5 idiom (informal) to have no chance at all Main entry: ↑snowballidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • have a snowball's chance in hell — (not) have a snowball s chance in hell to have no chance at all of achieving something. With those grades she hasn t a snowball s chance in hell of getting into college. (usually + of + doing something) …   New idioms dictionary

  • not a snowball's chance in hell — no chance at all They don t have a snowball s chance in hell of winning the game tomorrow …   Idioms and examples

  • a snowball's chance in hell — informal : any chance at all used to say that something is extremely unlikely or impossible Let s be honest–there isn t a snowball s chance in hell that we ll win this game. [=there s no chance that we ll win] Unfortunately, he doesn t have a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • not have a chance in hell — not have a (snowball s) chance in hell not have any possibility. It quickly became clear that I didn t have a snowball s chance in hell of finding my lost wallet. Usage notes: sometimes used in the form have no chance in hell Etymology: based on… …   New idioms dictionary

  • snowball — snow|ball1 [ˈsnəubo:l US ˈsnoubo:l] n 1.) a ball of snow that children make and throw at each other ▪ We had a massive snowball fight . 2.) snowball effect if something has a snowball effect, it starts a series of events or changes that all… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • snowball — I UK [ˈsnəʊˌbɔːl] / US [ˈsnoʊˌbɔl] noun [countable] Word forms snowball : singular snowball plural snowballs a ball of snow that you throw • not have a snowball s chance (in hell) informal to have no chance of doing or having something II UK… …   English dictionary

  • snowball — snow|ball1 [ snou,bɔl ] noun count a ball of snow that a child throws not have a snowball s chance (in hell) to have no chance of doing or having something snowball snow|ball 2 [ snou,bɔl ] verb intransitive to develop quickly and become very big …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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