fair play

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


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fair play
1.  an established standard of decency, honesty, etc
2.  abidance by this standard

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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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Example sentences
If you expect equal pay for equal work, you're not the only species to have a
  sense of fair play.
Dealing directly with pirates builds a reputation for fair play and decreases
  the chance of mishaps.
It might take some experimenting and it will have its fair share of problems,
  but fair play to them for trying.
The amateur ideal was a restraining code that emphasized fair play and honor.
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