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square deal

a fair and honest arrangement or transaction.
Origin of square deal
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85

Square Deal

noun, U.S. History.
the stated policy of President Theodore Roosevelt, originally promising fairness in all dealings with labor and management and later extended to include other groups. Unabridged
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  • Besides, many of them did not hold Roosevelt's views about the square deal.

  • They think you are not giving the land-owners a square deal.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • In that way he put Browning on his honor to give him a square deal.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish
  • The dream of social justice, of fair play and a square deal to everybody.

    Theft Jack London
  • I don't think I was ever so broke up in my life, it didn't seem I was getting a square deal.

    Living Up to Billy Elizabeth Cooper
  • Elpaso was notoriously 54 a stickler for a square deal at cards.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • He does care, you see, and means everybody shall have a square deal.

    Carl and the Cotton Gin Sara Ware Bassett
  • You won't get a square deal; they're going to get the fat anyhow.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • What did you dopromise them a square deal if they surrendered?

  • You've been fighting his men for a square deal ever since you came here.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
Idioms and Phrases with square deal

square deal

A just, equitable arrangement or transaction, as in I know I'll get a square deal if I work with that supplier. This idiom uses square in the sense of “fair” or “honest,” a usage dating from the 1300s. [ Late 1800s ]
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