all's fair in love and war

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All's fair in love and war definition


People in love and soldiers in wartime are not bound by the rules of fair play.

Note: This proverb is frequently used when two people are contending for the love of a third.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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