- just and honorable treatment, action, or conduct: The political campaign was notably lacking in fair play.
Origin of fair play
Related Words for fair playright, honesty, authority, truth, law, integrity, parity, impartiality, identity, fairness, tolerance, coordination, charter, code, sentence, correction, justness, hearing, redress, sanction
Examples from the Web for fair play
Historical Examples of 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
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.