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Synonyms

unlikely

adjective

not likely to happen

doubtful

adjective

not certain or likely to happen or be true

remote

adjective

not likely to happen

improbable

adjective

not likely to happen or to be true

inconceivable

adjective

so unlikely that it is difficult to believe

dim

adjective

if the chances of something good happening are dim, it is not likely to happen

I don’t suppose

used for saying that something is unlikely

you’ll be lucky

used for saying that something is unlikely to happen

there is no question of something

if there is no question of something, it definitely will not happen

long odds

if you say that it’s long odds that something will happen, you mean that it is not very likely

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an outside chance

if there is an outside chance of something happening, it is just possible but unlikely

be too much to expect

used for saying that you think something is possible or reasonable even though someone else is unlikely to do it or refuses to do it

chance would be a fine thing

used for saying that something that you would like to happen is extremely unlikely

the dice are loaded against someone

used for saying that it is very likely that something will not happen

don’t bank on it

spoken used for telling someone that something will probably not happen

doubtful

adjective

mainly journalism unlikely to be doing something, especially playing in a game

dream on

used for saying that something is unlikely to happen

expect

verb

spoken used in negative sentences to tell someone not to be too hopeful about something because it is unlikely to happen

fat chance

used for emphasizing that you think something is extremely unlikely

iffy

adjective

spoken unlikely to happen

in your dreams

used for saying that something is unlikely to happen

it’s/that’s a big if

used for emphasizing that something is not certain at all

let alone

used for saying that something is even less likely to happen than another unlikely thing

lightning never strikes twice (in the same place)

used for saying that something bad or unusual is not likely to happen again in the same place or to the same person

might

modal verb

used for saying that there is a possibility that something is true, or that something will happen, especially when it is not very likely

might/may/could just do something

used for saying that although something is not at all likely to happen, it is possible

not/never in a million years

never: used for emphasizing that something will never happen

not/never in a month of Sundays

used for saying that something will never happen

till hell freezes over

used for saying that something is very unlikely to happen

unreal

adjective

very unlikely to happen or be true

were someone/something to do something

used in a conditional clause for describing a situation that is not real or that is very unlikely to happen

what price...?

used for saying that you think something is very unlikely to happen

when pigs fly

used for saying that something will never happen

you won’t/wouldn’t catch someone doing something

used for saying that it is very unlikely that someone will or would do something

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