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gentlemen's agreement

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noun
  1. an agreement that, although unenforceable at law, is binding as a matter of personal honor.
  2. 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.
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Origin of gentlemen's agreement

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for gentlemen's agreement

gentlemen's agreement

gentleman's agreement

noun
  1. a personal understanding or arrangement based on honour and not legally binding
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