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Have Buckley's chance

Posted by Paul D on January 09, 2007

There is an Australian saying you may want to consider including in your list.

To "have Buckley's chance" or to "have two chances, Buckley's or none". I was told it referred to an escaped convict called Buckley who survived in the outback for 30 years after being rescued by Aboriginals. It was considered impossible for convicts in Australia to survive in the outback - hence the saying.

There was a recent campaign to change the saying to "Bradbury's chance" following Australian Steven Bradbury's gold medal win in the 1000m short track speed skating at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics when all the other competitors fell over.