Definition of an eye for the main chance in English:

an eye for the main chance

phrase

(also an eye on the main chance)
  • The quality of giving greatest consideration to one's potential for personal gain.

    ‘his eye for the main chance and ruthless commercial instincts have made him one of the wealthiest men in Britain’
    • ‘a developer with an eye on the main chance’
    • ‘So was Pultizer just another savvy, opportunistic American businessman with an eye on the main chance?’
    • ‘This is exactly the problem with people who always have an eye to the main chance.’
    • ‘It seems the Libs turned down the opportunity to tag along, but the Nats, always with an eye on the main chance, took up their position with considerable enthusiasm.’
    • ‘But like their fathers and grandfathers before them, the modern day provos were always ones with an eye to the main chance.’
    • ‘By the end of the year, McAlpine, a softly spoken Scot with an eye for the main chance, will have conquered the toughest city on earth and the toughest business in town - the movies.’
    • ‘But it had, in community councillor Roy Surplice, a man with an eye for the main chance.’
    • ‘Fast, elusive and with an eye for the main chance, O'Driscoll was the best back on display.’
    • ‘They have an eye for the main chance like no political machine in the history of the world.’
    • ‘Rodney's peasants were altogether more feisty: often badly behaved, with an eye to the main chance, but also loyal to one another, and doggedly opposed to external oppressors.’
    • ‘Always with an eye for the main chance, especially in agricultural commerce, Haraszthy initiated the first steamboat service on the Wisconsin and upper Mississippi rivers.’