sporting chance

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  1. 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

Words Nearby sporting chance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sporting chance in a sentence

  • That gives law enforcement a sporting chance before the shooting begins.

    American Gun Law 7 | David Frum | December 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • If Obama wins, there's at least a sporting chance on certain issues that middle-class and working-class people won't get screwed.

  • Several interesting schemes were therefore invented to give the men at least a sporting chance of getting to safety.

  • If the master is such an arrant ass as to let you crib, it is his own lookout; and, after all, we take the sporting chance.

    The Loom of Youth | Alec Waugh
  • I had spotted a white wrist back of a gleam of polished metal and, taking a sporting chance, I let drive.

    The Lost Valley | J. M. Walsh
  • Not that he had any hope, but it was only fair to give even the most abandoned of mankind a sporting chance.

    Skippy Bedelle | Owen Johnson
  • However, with the storm increasing and the long dark night ahead, we took a sporting chance, and ran direct in on the cliffs.

    A Labrador Doctor | Wilfred Thomason Grenfell