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fair play

just and honorable treatment, action, or conduct:
The political campaign was notably lacking in fair play.
Origin of fair play
1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for fair-play
Historical Examples
  • I used to think we were a 'fair-play' people, but I have learned the bitter truth—that there is no such thing when pressure comes.

    Tatterdemalion John Galsworthy
  • And so she has always had fair-play, from religion, from law, and from her fellow man and woman.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • In this primitive mode of fighting there was no thought of fair-play.

    Running Fox Elmer Russell Gregor
  • In your lightest games, you have always some one to see what you call "fair-play."

    Practice Book Leland Powers
  • But it may be argued that all this indicates only an absence of selfishness and a love of fair-play.

  • And it is not fair-play to cram because of time lost, or for any other cause.

  • We may be sure that in the fight that is before us there will be no semblance of fair-play.

  • At the argument of fair-play, obedience swept over them like a veering of wind.

    Lin McLean Owen Wister
  • It was his love of fair-play which endeared him to every Britisher in the camp.

  • I like fair-play, and when a man has done his duty I like to tell him so.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
British Dictionary definitions for fair-play

fair play

an established standard of decency, honesty, etc
abidance by this standard
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Idioms and Phrases with fair-play

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 ]
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