- just and honorable treatment, action, or conduct: The political campaign was notably lacking in fair play.
Origin of fair play
Examples from the Web for fair play
And so she has always had fair-play, from religion, from law, and from her fellow man and woman.The Soul of a People
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.'The Crown of Wild Olive
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
- an established standard of decency, honesty, etc
- abidance by this standard
Idioms and Phrases with 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.