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level playing field

a state of equality; an equal opportunity.
Origin of level playing field
1980-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for level playing field
  • These efforts help ensure that motorists get what they pay for and that there is a level playing field in the state.
  • So the public's on a level playing field with everyone else.
  • Sadly the first time that many have ever had a level playing field is after admission to medical or professional school.
  • Everybody would start out equal on the proverbial level playing field.
  • It's relatively easy to run an open source software project as a meritocracy, a level playing field that encourages participation.
  • Let's put everybody on the same level playing field.
  • Everyone's hippocampus was on a similarly level playing field.
  • He said it's never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail.
  • Many of these people are afraid to compete on a level playing field.
  • But that means everyone needs to be on a level playing field.
British Dictionary definitions for level playing field

level playing field

a situation in which none of the competing parties has an advantage at the outset of a competitive activity
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Slang definitions & phrases for level playing field

level playing field

noun phrase

Equality of opportunity; fair terms on all sides: It's no level playing field if you always get to pick first (1981+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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