fighting chance


: a chance that may be realized by a struggle
the patient had a fighting chance to live

Examples of fighting chance in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fighting chance was in 1889

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“Fighting chance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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