fair and square

idiom

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

Examples of fair and square in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And by the way, companies can never buy our recommendation: Their products must earn it, fair and square. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 2 July 2024 Republican Kari Lake lost Arizona’s 2022 gubernatorial election fair and square. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2024 The 2020 election was not rigged or stolen, Trump lost fair and square to Biden by an Electoral College margin of 306 to 232, his opponents did not cheat, and there is no evidence of any fraud even close to widespread enough to have changed the outcome in any state. Cnn.com, The Mercury News, 28 June 2024 Christie was the only candidate to take on the behemoth frontrunner Donald Trump and to state the truth, prominently featuring his consistent stance that Biden won the race fair and square in 2020. Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 13 Jan. 2024 With that in mind, imagine a scenario in which a few hundred thousand votes went the other way last November, letting Trump win the presidency and the Republicans keep the Senate, fair and square. Gideon Rose, Foreign Affairs, 16 Feb. 2021 Ohio’s legislators owe it to the voters of their state and the people of the nation to come together and pass a simple fix to this state election law and give Ohio voters the chance to reject Joe Biden fair and square. The Editors, National Review, 28 May 2024 But while the Beijing Half Marathon was meant to build momentum and enthusiasm for He and Chinese running ahead of the Olympics, observers lament that the fiasco at the finish line has instead cast a shadow over the notion that Chinese sportsmen can actually win fair and square. TIME, 16 Apr. 2024 In digital payments and elsewhere, Apple has argued its successes were won fair and square, attested by its huge, loyal customer base. J.j. McCorvey, NBC News, 27 Mar. 2024

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“Fair and square.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair%20and%20square. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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