a fair crack of the whip

Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of a fair crack of the whip

British, informal
:the same chance as other people to do something
  • They might have succeeded if they'd been given a fair crack of the whip.

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : superficially pleasing : specious

  3. : clean, pure

  1. : beauty, fairness

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

  3. : woman

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

  2. : fairly

  1. : clear

  2. : to join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly

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

  2. : a competitive exhibition usually with accompanying entertainment and amusements

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

crack play
  1. : to make a very sharp explosive sound

  2. : to break, split, or snap apart

  3. : fail: such as

  1. : a loud roll or peal

  2. : a sudden sharp noise

  3. : a sharp witty remark : quip

  1. : of superior excellence or ability

whip play
  1. : to take, pull, snatch, jerk, or otherwise move very quickly and forcefully

  2. : to strike with a slender lithe implement (such as a lash or rod) especially as a punishment

  3. : spank

  1. : an instrument consisting usually of a handle and lash forming a flexible rod that is used for whipping

  2. : a stroke or cut with or as if with a whip

  3. : a dessert made by whipping a portion of the ingredients


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