1 chances are (good/excellent) (that) Alan will be/get
2 ’s/is doubtful that Professor Potts will take
3 bound to get the Head’s job if / providing (that) / provided (that)
Hitch: a problem or difficulty that causes a short delay. Sp. Complicación. E.g. The ceremony went off without a hitch. A technical hitch.
Yours for the taking: If something is "yours for the taking", it means that all you need to do is take it, and then it is yours. No work, or effort, or struggle is necessary -- all that is necessary is the simple act of taking.
4 all likelihood the cause
5 a foregone conclusion (that) a/the gold medal
6 likely (that) the audience will take no notice
a. the writer is rather cynical.
b. The comparison between groups in the past who got together themselves and what is happening now.
c That music bands are like any other product.
wash around: Sp circular. E.g. with such serious money washing around.
Random: done, chosen, etc. without somebody deciding in advance what is going to happen, or without any regular pattern. Sp. Al azar. E.g. The information is processed in a random order.
Market something (to somebody) (as something): to advertise and offer a product for sale; to present something in a particular way and make people want to buy it. Promote. E.g. It is marketed as a low-alcohol wine. School meals need to be marketed to children in the same way as other food.
Dream something up: (informal) to have an idea, especially a very unusual or silly one. Think up. E.g. Trust you to dream up a crazy idea like this!
- Trust you, him, her, etc. (to do something): (informal) used when somebody does or says something that you think is typical of them. E.g. Trust John to forget Sue's birthday!