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sporting chance

an even or fair opportunity for a favorable outcome in an enterprise, as winning in a game of chance or in any kind of contest:
They gave the less experienced players a sporting chance by handicapping the experts.
Origin of sporting chance
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You shall win Kelvar now, or I. I'm giving you a sporting chance.

    Out Around Rigel Robert H. Wilson
  • Had I a sporting chance or were the odds against me too great?

  • I had thought that he would be more willing to take a sporting chance.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • I'd have sacrificed you for her, if there'd been even a sporting chance.

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • I was not able to do that; but I thought we had, in the vulgar phrase, a sporting chance.

    Hurricane Island

    H. B. Marriott Watson
  • Now we have given them a sporting chance to snipe us; let us retire.

    Australia in Arms Phillip F.E. Schuler
  • To give him a sporting chance, the start of those who are after him.

    Shifting Sands Sara Ware Bassett
  • We'll take a sporting chance on it, and make a regular sweep of the bay.

    Walking Shadows Alfred Noyes

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