fair shake

noun Informal.
an equitable opportunity or treatment: The judges promised that every entrant in the contest would get a fair shake.

Origin:
1820–30, Americanism

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fair shake definition


  1. n.
    a fair chance. (From shaking dice.) : I want to give you both a fair shake.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
The inflammatory ills of loneliness, an enzymatic explanation for stuttering
  and the alchemists who deserve a fair shake.
And those people will be rewarded by a production that gives the play every
  fair shake.
Producers need accurate and ample market information in order to get a fair
  shake.
All they're asking for is a chance, and a fair shake.
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