fighting chance

a possibility of success following a struggle.

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World English Dictionary
fighting chance
a slight chance of success dependent on a struggle

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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
To stand a fighting chance, the ideas in your project must be both good and
  well positioned relative to other grant proposals.
The fairness in that is that if you are given enough information and resources,
  you have a fighting chance.
Then, in theory, the government will establish its authority and will have a
  fighting chance.
He is an insurgent whenever there is a fighting chance it will do him any good.
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