‘Cat-in-hell’s chance’ origin

It means that a person has little or no chance of success in what he/she is about do. It is an abbreviation of the phrase ‘no more chance than a cat in hell without claws’.

Cat-in-hell's chance origin
Cat-in-hell’s chance origin
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The two key parts of this earlier version of the phrase are ‘hell’ and ‘without claws’.

Hell signifies a very difficult situation and without claws is a reference to being without the means to deal with that situation. Under these circumstances the person cannot succeed.

It was originally a reference to being in a fight without adequate weapons.

That is about all we know about the phrase ‘cat-in-hell’s chance’.

Note that there is an apostrophe in ‘hell’s’.

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