A fighting chance

Also found in: Idioms.
one dependent upon the issue of a struggle.

See also: Fighting

References in classic literature ?
I would that he had a fighting chance," said John Harned, facing the ring to see the second bull come in.
I can do is to handcuff the fellow and wait till morning if he won't go quietly; and he'll be a fool if he does, while there's a fighting chance.