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sporting chance

an even or fair opportunity for a favorable outcome in an enterprise, as winning in a game of chance or in any kind of contest:
They gave the less experienced players a sporting chance by handicapping the experts.
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • It used to be that journalists had a sporting chance of protecting their sources.
  • My father played the game for a long time because he felt he should give my grandfather a sporting chance.
  • Many ranch owners keep exotic animals out of their collections or conduct hunts on grounds that give prey a sporting chance.
  • If you're reading the second paragraph of this review, there's a sporting chance you've been there.
  • He has never asked any thing more than a sporting chance, and hasn't always had that.

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