fighting chance, a

fighting chance

A small possibility to succeed or overcome a situation. David wanted to give his marriage a fighting chance 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
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fighting chance

a good possibility of success, especially if every effort is made. They have at least a fighting chance of winning the race. The patient could die, but he has a fighting chance since the operation.
See also: chance, fight
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fighting chance

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]
See also: chance, fight
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a ˌfighting ˈchance

a slight but real chance of succeeding, avoiding something, etc: With five minutes of the game left, our team still has a fighting chance of winning.Things don’t look very hopeful for John Brown in the presidential elections, but he’s still in with a fighting chance.
See also: chance, fight
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fighting chance, a

A possibility of success through great effort. An Americanism dating from the late nineteenth century, this phrase has been used in a large variety of contexts. For example, “Free school breakfasts and lunches will give these inner-city children a fighting chance of graduating,” or “Hunting with a bow and arrow gives the deer a fighting chance.”
See also: fight
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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