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fair play

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  1. just and honorable treatment, action, or conduct: The political campaign was notably lacking in fair play.

Origin of fair play

First recorded in 1585–95
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Examples from the Web for fair play

Historical Examples

  • And so she has always had fair-play, from religion, from law, and from her fellow man and woman.

    The Soul of a People

    H. Fielding

  • Paul applied to the Fair-play men who decided in favor of Paul.

  • In your lightest games, you have always some one to see what you call 'fair-play.'

  • It would keep the position unaltered; and that was only fair-play, surely!

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan

  • In this primitive mode of fighting there was no thought of fair-play.

    Running Fox

    Elmer Russell Gregor

British Dictionary definitions for fair play

fair play

  1. an established standard of decency, honesty, etc
  2. abidance by this standard
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Idioms and Phrases with fair play

fair play

Conformity to established rules; upright conduct and equitable conditions. For example, The coach insists on fair play. Shakespeare used this idiom in King John (5:2): “According to the fair play of the world, let me have audience.” [Late 1500s] Also see turnabout is fair play.

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