gentlemen's agreement

or gentleman's agreement

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  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.

Origin of gentlemen's agreement

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for gentlemen's agreement

bond, contract, deal, pact, pledge, understanding, handshake

British Dictionary definitions for gentlemen's agreement

gentlemen's agreement

gentleman's agreement

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