fair chance


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Noun1.fair chance - a reasonable probability of success
probability, chance - a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible; "the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5"
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I modestly declared myself to be quite unequal to the task imposed upon me--and I privately felt, all the time, that I was quite clever enough to perform it, if I only gave my own abilities a fair chance.
It is not your fault that I have had all my energies misdirected by others -- it is not your fault that I have never had a fair chance of getting on in life.
Nay," he replied, "but I shall speedily feel better if you will fetch me that same beggar and let me have a fair chance at him.
I was aware that he entertained a cordial detestation of the ship, and believed that, should a fair chance of escape present itself, he would embrace it willingly.
Don't whale it too much a' Lord's days, men; but don't miss a fair chance either, that's rejecting Heaven's good gifts.
I fancy we shall run a fair chance of being laughed at for our pains.
I do not believe Beecher or his party would stoop to anything dishonorable or underhand, though they would not hesitate, nor would we, to take advantage of every fair chance to win in the race.
You are one of the few men who can try that experiment with a fair chance of success.
It would not be a great match for Henrietta, but Charles has a very fair chance, through the Spicers, of getting something from the Bishop in the course of a year or two; and you will please to remember, that he is the eldest son; whenever my uncle dies, he steps into very pretty property.
Give an average baby a fair chance, and if it doesn't do something it oughtn't to a doctor should be called in at once.
Give 'm a fair chance, an' if he don't deliver the goods, I'll kill 'm myself.
Now, while Macey, the mate, was standing up in his boat's bow, and with all the reckless energy of his tribe was venting his wild exclamations upon the whale, and essaying to get a fair chance for his poised lance, lo