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fighting chance

a possibility of success following a struggle.
Origin of fighting chance
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
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  • Give me my fighting chance to make good with them—I beg you!

  • "We'll have to take our fighting chance of that," Jack replied.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • So long as Smith was at liberty there was a fighting chance, and as always, he took it.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • We've got a fighting chance, and that's all we need—men like you and me.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • I still had a fighting chance to get her away from him, but was it fair of me to make the fight?

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
British Dictionary definitions for fighting chance

fighting chance

a slight chance of success dependent on a struggle
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Idioms and Phrases with fighting chance

fighting chance

A possibility of winning, but only with a struggle. For example, It's going to be hard to beat that record, but I think he has a fighting chance. [ Late 1800s ]
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