fair and square


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And by the way, companies can never buy our recommendation: Their products must earn it, fair and square. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 17 May 2023 Earned merit, fair and square, is all anyone has ever wanted. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 28 Apr. 2023 Sixty-one percent of respondents polled said President Joe Biden stole the election from Trump, compared with 22% responding that Biden won the election fair and square, with the rest being undecided. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 16 June 2022 Republicans could win fair and square in the next two elections. David Faris, The Week, 5 Jan. 2022 Greg Abbott wins instead, and Trump graciously takes the stage at the GOP convention to pledge his full support for the man who beat him fair and square for the right to champion his party’s banner. Time, 15 Nov. 2022 That’s compared with 63% of all Americans who say Biden won fair and square in 2020, and those results are fairly consistent with Monmouth’s previous polls on this question over the past two years. Mark Murray, NBC News, 27 Sep. 2022 But almost nowhere else in this book does Pence acknowledge that his running mate lost the election fair and square, and that Biden is his legitimate successor. Geoffrey Kabaservice, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2022 These comments raised red flags for the prosecution, which argues the defendants were convicted fair and square and don't deserve a new trial. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 23 Sep. 2022 See More

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“Fair and square.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair%20and%20square. Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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