I am looking for a different, common English idiom that expresses the same thing as a snowball's chance in hell. My teacher says I use this expression too much, and that it is not appropriate for every essay. I need a same meaning like something very cold in a hot place to have a little chance.
I like the (eastside)Davy Mac of Ron&Fez radio fames spin on the clasic...
Which went somthing to the effect of, "Im left with Jack and Shit.. Except Jack just left town!"
Note Im not quite sure if it actually fits this particular idioms formula or intention.. Truthfully just wanted to share what I believe to be a lesser-known personal favorite.. So thanks reguradless of relevance..
If You're in the Northern Hemisphere, "... a blizzard in July"; if you're in the Southern Hemisphere, change "July" to "January". But I have a hunch that if you use the same idiomatic expression in every essay, adding one, two, or even three alternatives into a rotation is not going to satisfy the teacher for very long. Any of the likely alternatives to the idiom are going to be somewhat informal, so in more formal writing you might want to use a phrase like "highly unlikley" or some of the choices of Armen.