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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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  • A sense of achievement; of conquering the unconquerable; of pitting human wits against giants and winning—a sporting chance.

    Through Glacier Park Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Had I a sporting chance or were the odds against me too great?

  • To give him a sporting chance, the start of those who are after him.

    Shifting Sands Sara Ware Bassett
  • 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 thought myself incompetent, but cleverer men than me thought me competent, or at least competent enough for a sporting chance.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • You shall win Kelvar now, or I. I'm giving you a sporting chance.

    Out Around Rigel Robert H. Wilson
  • Altogether it looked a most sporting chance and I can say that we enjoyed preparing our plans as much as schoolboys.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • 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

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