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    Default fat/slim chance

    Why does fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?

    Her chance of getting well is very ______. (A) heavy (B) slim (C) fat (D) thin
    The answer to the above question is option B. Is option C also acceptable?

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    Default Re: fat/slim chance

    No.

    You can say "fat chance" to mean "slim chance" because you are speaking ironically, but you would not say "her chances are fat."

    You also wouldn't the sarcastic "fat chance" over a matter of life and death.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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