or gentleman's agreement
- an agreement that, although unenforceable at law, is binding as a matter of personal honor.
- an unwritten agreement by a socially prominent clique, private club, etc., to discriminate against or refuse to accept members of certain religious, racial, national, or other groups.
Origin of gentlemen's agreement
An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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- a personal understanding or arrangement based on honour and not legally binding
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