a possibility of success following a struggle.
Origin of fighting chance
First recorded in 1885–90
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Historical Examples of fighting chance
You may yield to it, but, at least, you've had your fighting-chance.The Lieutenant-Governor
Guy Wetmore Carryl
a slight chance of success dependent on a struggle
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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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