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  • n. An opportunist

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To adjust according to principles of equity, as would be done by a court of chancery: as, to chancer a forfeiture.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Crazytown tastic! ... andy: all i can find for the word chancer is a scheming individual. no french translation. they must b mad! ...

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  • Did you see the one where, James I think from the first series looked a cert for the final and then turned out that he was 'chancer' and could not stick at anything.

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  • As, under Blair's premiership, the UK has been reduced to the role of being an international 'chancer', our best strategy is probably to smile, back off and try to sell him a football club, a swanky townhouse or some hedge fund bonds.

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  • I still think this latter case is beyond what was envisaged and could be considered to be "chancer" behaviour - what Ashcroft/Flying Lion is doing is far more like giving cash, and the costs are disproportionate.

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  • The families of two of serial killer Peter Tobin's victims have branded him a "chancer" after he missed another court appearance through illness.

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  • Mr Callely, who was banned from the Seanad for 20 days without pay for deliberately misrepresenting his normal place of residence to claim travel expenses, claimed he had been painted as a "chancer" and "a rogue" and "thoroughly despicable". - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • These included such horrific insults as 'chancer', 'communist', 'corner boy' and 'yahoo'. - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • In previous times he would have been called a wide boy, a chancer.

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  • I love the description “a wide boy, a chancer” because I have absolutely no idea what those expressions mean, and yet somehow they fit!

    Bosses I Have Known « Tales from the Reading Room

  • But although I've long reckoned him to be a grade 1 careerist and a bit of a chancer, I've always strangely liked him, can appreciate his strengths, certainly his hard work, and at times his sheer balls when defending the indefensible.

    Archive 2009-03-01


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