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have a fighting chance

To have at least some possibility to succeed or overcome a situation. David wanted to have a fighting chance to save his marriage so he agreed to go to counseling with his wife. If I'm going to have a fighting chance to pass this test, I'm going to have to study all night.
See also: chance, fight, have
References in classic literature ?
I would that he had a fighting chance," said John Harned, facing the ring to see the second bull come in.