square deal

square deal

noun
a fair and honest arrangement or transaction.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism

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Square Deal

noun U.S. History.
the stated policy of President Theodore Roosevelt, originally promising fairness in all dealings with labor and management and later extended to include other groups.
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square deal

A just, equitable arrangement or transaction, as in I know I'll get a square deal if I work with that supplier. This idiom uses square in the sense of "fair" or "honest," a usage dating from the 1300s. [Late 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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