Marquis of Queensberry rules

plural noun Marquis of Queens·ber·ry rules \ -ˈkwēnz|ˌber|ē- -b(ə)r| , |i- \

Definition of Marquis of Queensberry rules

:a code of fair play presumed to apply in any fight
  • recognize no Marquis of Queensberry rules by which moral decorum should regulate and govern their differences
  • —Lucius Garvin

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Origin and Etymology of marquis of queensberry rules

from the Marquis of Queensbury rules, a code of rules governing boxing matches, after Sir John Sholto Douglas, 8th Marquis of Queensbury †1900 English boxing patron who supervised the code's formulation in 1867 by John G. Chambers †1883 English athlete


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