on the off-chance

This page is about the idiom on the off-chance


You can say you're doing something "on the off-chance" if you're doing it because it might lead to something that you want, even though it's not definite.

For example

  • Photographers follow celebrities around on the off-chance that they can get a good photograph of them and sell it.

  • I'll call Frank and tell him where we are on the off-chance that he can join us.

Quick Quiz

I got the job after calling the company on the off-chance that they needed someone. I called

a. after seeing an advertisement

b. after hearing that they needed someone

c. even though I didn't know if they needed anyone

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Contributor: Matt Errey