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fair shake

noun, Informal.
an equitable opportunity or treatment:
The judges promised that every entrant in the contest would get a fair shake.
Origin of fair shake
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She deserves a fair shake and, by the big dipper, she's goin' to have it!

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • A fair shake, do you think, or is somebody trying to string you?

    Motor Matt's Race Stanley R. Matthews
  • Your father was a great man, and he rates a fair shake in the write-ups.

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
  • And you're going to give him a fair shake, I'm supposed to believe.

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
  • The fact was that Si and his companions hardly had a fair shake in this respect, and entered the field at a decided disadvantage.

  • Gentlemen, unless you get me to Washington, you can't get a fair shake out of me.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

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