American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A chance to win but only with a struggle: had a fighting chance to recover.
- n. idiomatic A possible good outcome in spite of significant struggle.
“Something she could still do all her backflips and walkovers in, and that might have a fighting chance of ... something ... but there her imagination would have faltered, because she wasn't quite sure what sort of problem she was facing, beyond the obvious (and now apparently obsolete) one of a day's horseback ride in a corset and black leather hot-pants and thigh-high boots.”
“Anand Shukla, acting chief executive of the Daycare Trust, the national childcare charity, welcomed the change: "This gives parents a fighting chance of being able to get to work and take their children to the nursery for that seven-and-a-half hours, without having to top up the extra time from their own pay packet.”
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