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fair and square

Definition of fair and square

  1. :  in an honest and fair manner <He won the election fair and square.>



Word by Word Definitions

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

squareplay
  1. :  an instrument having at least one right angle and two straight edges used especially to lay out or test right angles

    :  a rectangle with all four sides equal

    :  any of the quadrilateral spaces marked out on a board for playing games

  1. :  having four equal sides and four right angles

    :  forming a right angle

    :  having a square base

  1. :  to make square or rectangular

    :  to test for deviation from a right angle, straight line, or plane surface

    :  to bring approximately to a right angle

  1. :  in a straightforward or honest manner

    :  so as to face or be face-to-face

    :  at right angles


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