fair play


Definition of fair play 

: equitable or impartial treatment : justice

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These steps were all designed to promote fair play and real competition. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "DeMarcus Cousins and the NBA's Efforts to Keep Competitive Balance," 3 July 2018 Especially since the values of free and open economies, fair play and the rule of law are increasingly out of fashion. David M. Smick, WSJ, "Who Unraveled the New World Order?," 12 June 2018 By not attending, this president continues his bulldozing of American traditions like decency, inclusiveness and fair play. Elayne Boosler, Time, "I Was a Correspondents' Dinner Comedian. Michelle Wolf Was No Bully," 1 May 2018 But then again, maybe location does matter just a little: Turnabout's fair play: Dennis was the star attraction in the Winterhawks' nine-player deal with Prince George at the trade deadline. Samantha Meese, OregonLive.com, "On the Portland Winterhawks: Sky High," 8 Mar. 2018 Group dynamics The winner of the England-Belgium match on Thursday in Kaliningrad will win Group G. In the event of a draw, first place could come down to the fair play record — which team has accumulated fewer red and yellow cards. Rob Harris, BostonGlobe.com, "England advances to knockout stage with emphatic win over Panama," 24 June 2018 Conan Doyle, a Victorian dynamo with a walrus moustache and a passion for cricket and fair play, felt duty-bound to investigate. The Economist, "When Arthur Conan Doyle cried “J’Accuse…!”," 7 July 2018 Starting at this year's tournament, disciplinary records — known as fair play — were added by FIFA as a tiebreaker. Pan Pylas, chicagotribune.com, "Japan loses to Poland 1-0 but advances on yellow cards to last 16 of World Cup," 28 June 2018 Take a look at the two: Talking about fair play, Senegal got knocked out because of more yellow cards (6) than Japan (4). Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "The end of Japan's World Cup game was straight out of 'The Simpsons'," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of fair play

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fair play

: a way of behaving or of treating other people that is honest and fair

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to reject or criticize sharply

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