fair shake, a

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fair shake, a

An equitable bargain or opportunity, as in You can always count on the boss to give his crew a fair shake. This expression probably alludes to the shaking of dice. [Colloquial; early 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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