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all's fair in love and war

Definition of all's fair in love and war

  1. —used to describe a situation in which people do not follow the usual rules of behavior and do things that are normally considered unfair <Sure, it was underhanded to steal his customers, but all's fair in love and war.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

    :  as much as possible

    :  every member or individual component of

  1. :  wholly, quite

    :  only, exclusively

    :  just

  1. :  the whole number, quantity, or amount :  totality

    : used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

    :  everybody, everything

  1. :  the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

fairplay
  1. :  pleasing to the eye or mind especially because of fresh, charming, or flawless quality

    :  superficially pleasing :  specious

    :  clean, pure

  1. :  beauty, fairness

    :  something that is fair or fortunate (see 1fair)

    :  woman

  1. :  in a manner that is honest or impartial or that conforms to rules :  in a fair manner

    :  fairly

  1. :  clear

    :  to join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly

  1. :  a gathering of buyers and sellers at a particular place and time for trade

    :  a competitive exhibition usually with accompanying entertainment and amusements

    :  an exhibition designed to acquaint prospective buyers or the general public with a product

loveplay
  1. :  strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties

    :  attraction based on sexual desire :  affection and tenderness felt by lovers

    :  affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests

  1. :  to hold dear :  cherish

    :  to feel a lover's passion, devotion, or tenderness for

    :  caress

  1. :  a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations

    :  a period of such armed conflict

    :  state of war

  1. :  to be in active or vigorous conflict

    :  to engage in warfare

  1. :  worse

  1. :  worst, overcome


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