snowball's chance in hell

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a snowball’s chance in hell (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, slang) Little or no likelihood of occurrence or success.
    That small boat has a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving the hurricane.

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Often, the expression is used in the negative for even more emphasis (implying that the referent has even less chance of success than a snowball in hell).

That small boat doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving the hurricane.

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