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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Empty Chance.
A chance not worth calculating on. The ace of dice was, by the Greeks and Romans, left empty, because the number of dice was equal to the number of aces thrown. As ace is the lowest chance, the empty chance was the least likely to win.   1

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