Chance vs Lash - What's the difference?

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Chance is a related term of lash.

As a proper noun chance

is , an american pet form of chauncey, in modern usage also associated with the word chance.

As a noun lash is

the thong or braided cord of a whip, with which the blow is given.

As a verb lash is

to strike with a lash; to whip or scourge with a lash, or with something like one or lash can be to bind with a rope, cord, thong, or chain, so as to fasten.

As an adjective lash is

(obsolete) remiss, lax.



Alternative forms

* chaunce (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • (countable) An opportunity or possibility.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=Here was my chance . I took the old man aside, and two or three glasses of Old Crow launched him into reminiscence.}}
  • (uncountable) Random occurrence; luck.
  • (countable) The probability of something happening.
  • Derived terms

    (Terms derived from the noun "chance") * Buckley's chance * by chance * chance'd be a fine thing * chance fracture * chance-medley * chancer * chances are * chancy * Chinaman's chance * dog's chance * even chance * fair chance * fat chance * fighting chance * first-chance exception * game of chance * half a chance * happy chance * in with a chance * jump at the chance * last chance * last chance saloon * main chance * mum chance * not a chance * off chance/off-chance * outside chance * perchance * slim chance * smart chance * snowball's chance * snowball's chance in hell * sporting chance * stand a chance


  • (archaic) To happen by chance, to occur.
  • It chanced that I found a solution the very next day.
  • * Bible, Deuteronomy xxii. 6
  • if a bird's nest chance to be before thee
  • * Shakespeare
  • I chanced on this letter.
  • * 1843 , (Thomas Carlyle), '', book 2, ch. XV, ''Practical — Devotional
  • Once it chanced that Geoffrey Riddell (Bishop of Ely), a Prelate rather troublesome to (w), made a request of him for timber from his woods towards certain edifices going on at (Glemsford).
  • * 1847 , , (Jane Eyre), Chapter XVIII
  • Mr. Mason, shivering as some one chanced to open the door, asked for more coal to be put on the fire, which had burnt out its flame, though its mass of cinder still shone hot and red. The footman who brought the coal, in going out, stopped near Mr. Eshton's chair, and said something to him in a low voice, of which I heard only the words, "old woman,"—"quite troublesome."
  • (archaic) To befall; to happen to.
  • * 1826 , William Lambarde, A Perambulation of Kent
  • To try or risk.
  • Shall we carry the umbrella, or chance a rainstorm?
  • * W. D. Howells
  • Come what will, I will chance it.
  • To discover something by chance.
  • He chanced upon a kindly stranger who showed him the way.

    Derived terms

    * (l) * * (l)


    (en adjective)
  • (rare) Happening]] by [[#Noun, chance, casual.
  • * 1859 , (Charles Dickens), (A Tale of Two Cities)'', ch. VI, ''The Shoe Maker (Heron Book Centenial Edition)
  • No crowd was about the door; no people were discernible at any of the many windows; not even a chance passer-by was in the street. An unnatural silence and desertion reigned there.


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    Etymology 1



  • The thong or braided cord of a whip, with which the blow is given.
  • * (Joseph Addison) (1672-1719)
  • I observed that your whip wanted a lash to it.
  • (label) A leash in which an animal is caught or held; hence, a snare.
  • A stroke with a whip, or anything pliant and tough.
  • A stroke of satire or sarcasm; an expression or retort that cuts or gives pain; a cut.
  • * (w, Roger L'Estrange) (1616-1704)
  • The moral is a lash at the vanity of arrogating that to ourselves which succeeds well.
  • A hair growing from the edge of the eyelid; an eyelash.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1959, author=(Georgette Heyer), title=(The Unknown Ajax), chapter=1
  • , passage=But Richmond, his grandfather's darling, after one thoughtful glance cast under his lashes at that uncompromising countenance appeared to lose himself in his own reflections.}}
  • In carpet weaving, a group of strings for lifting simultaneously certain yarns, to form the figure.
  • In British English, it refers to heavy drinking with friends, (i.e. We were out on the lash last night)
  • Verb

  • To strike with a lash; to whip or scourge with a lash, or with something like one.
  • We lash the pupil, and defraud the ward.
  • To strike forcibly and quickly, as with a lash; to beat, or beat upon, with a motion like that of a lash.
  • the whale lashes the sea with its tail.
    And big waves lash the frighted shores.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Carlo Ancelotti's out-of-sorts team struggled to hit the target in the first half as Bolton threatened with Matthew Taylor lashing just wide.}}
  • To throw out with a jerk or quickly.
  • He falls, and lashing up his heels, his rider throws.
  • To scold; to berate; to satirize; to censure with severity.
  • to lash vice
  • To ply the whip; to strike.
  • To utter censure or sarcastic language.
  • To laugh at follies, or to lash at vice.
  • (of rain) To fall heavily, especially in the phrase lash down
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 1 , author=Tom Fordyce , title=Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=With rain lashing across the ground at kick-off and every man in Auckland seemingly either English-born or supporting Scotland, Eden Park was transformed into Murrayfield in March.}}

    See also

    * lash out

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) lachier, from (etyl)


  • To bind with a rope, cord, thong, or chain, so as to fasten.
  • to lash something to a spar
    lash a pack on a horse's back
    (to bind with a rope) * Finnish: (trans-mid) * Jèrriais: (t) (trans-bottom)

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) lasche'' (French '' ).


    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Remiss, lax.
  • (obsolete) Relaxed.
  • Soft, watery, wet.
  • * 1658': Fruits being unwholesome and '''lash before the fourth or fifth Yeare. — Sir Thomas Browne, ''The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 211)
  • (Ulster) excellent, wonderful
  • ''We’re off school tomorrow, it’s gonna be lash !
    That Chinese (food) was lash !
  • Drunk.