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noun

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

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Origin of fair play

First recorded in 1585–95
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British Dictionary definitions for fair play

fair play

noun

an established standard of decency, honesty, etc
abidance by this standard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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