fair shake

noun

Definition of fair shake 

: a fair chance or fair treatment

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fair shake

Synonyms

equity, justice, right

Antonyms

inequity, injustice, raw deal, wrong

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Examples of fair shake in a Sentence

it's going to be tough to get a fair shake the way this country's legal system is set up

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American chicken gets a fair shake in Europe, and French brandy flows freely here. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Trump's trade war could threaten US pickup production and jobs," 13 July 2018 The productivity data present something of a muddle even if he is given a fair shake. James Freeman, WSJ, "Trump’s Unfinished Business," 6 June 2018 Why, realistically, do GMDM and Yost dislike Hunter Dozier and refuse to give him a fair shake? Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals mailbag: The bullpen mess, an ineffective offense and what's next for Karns | The Kansas City Star," 19 Apr. 2018 Social injustice isn’t washed away by one man’s good story, and the locks on the cells of countless minorities who did not get a fair shake were bolted as firmly shut as ever on Tuesday night. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Making Meek Mill a temporary NBA celebrity should just be starting point for real change," 25 Apr. 2018 Political partisans will probably never believe that a journalist with ties to the opposing party will give them a fair shake. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "News about partisan journalist Sean Hannity leads to a pretty partisan response among readers," 25 Apr. 2018 The two voters also disagree on whether end-title songs get a fair shake. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Oscar Song Contenders Take on a More Socially-Conscious Point of View," 8 Jan. 2018 Fast food companies, say, would send representatives to meet with union officials and other worker representatives, and hammer out a deal that ensures workers get a fair shake. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The emerging plan to save the American labor movement," 9 Apr. 2018 Chandler voters will decide on city leaders this year, but some worry independent voters aren't getting a fair shake. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Are independent voters being left out of city elections?," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of fair shake

1830, in the meaning defined above

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