fair play


noun

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

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
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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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