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have sporting blood

1. To have a natural love of sports or athletics. This town has sporting blood in its veins, and the people here will gather together with unmatched enthusiasm to support all of their local teams.
2. To have an adventurous, risk-taking, and/or thrill-seeking personality or disposition; to be highly competitive or ready to accept a challenge. You have to have sporting blood to make it in this sort of cutthroat business, but the rewards are all the higher for it. I'm not one to rise up to the challenges of bullies, but my brother Seamus has sporting blood and backs down from no one.
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sporting chance

A very good possibility (of achieving success). I've seen him practice, and there's a sporting chance he'll win the competition.
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sporting blood

1. A natural love of or enthusiasm for sports or athletics. The sporting blood running through this town means the people here show an unmatched enthusiasm and loyalty for all of their local teams.
2. An adventurous, risk-taking, and/or thrill-seeking personality or disposition; exceptional competitiveness; readiness to accept a challenge. This business isn't meant for the timid. Only those with sporting blood have a real chance at success. I'm not one to stand up to bullies, but my brother has sporting blood and backs down from no one.
See also: blood, sporting

sporting chance

a reasonably good chance. If you hurry, you have a sporting chance of catching the bus. The firm has only a sporting chance of getting the export order.
See also: chance, sporting

sporting blood

Willingness to take risks, as in His sporting blood won't let him stay away from the races. This idiom uses sporting in the sense of "associated with gambling."
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sporting chance, a

A fair chance for success, as in She thinks she has a sporting chance for being named bureau chief. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
See also: sporting

a sporting chance

some possibility of success.
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a ˌsporting ˈchance

a reasonable chance of success: I know it’s going to be tough, but I think I’m in with a sporting chance of winning. OPPOSITE: not have a cat in hell’s chance
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