fair shake


Definition of fair shake

: a fair chance or fair treatment

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it's going to be tough to get a fair shake the way this country's legal system is set up
Recent Examples on the Web Self-esteem falls and anxiety rises when people are trying to make it in a country where they are taught as children that they may never be given a fair shake. Washington Post, "For George Floyd and Black men in recovery, ‘everything just piles up’," 22 Oct. 2020 These issues are likely to hurt all of its workers, and since this is one of the few industries where Black people appear to get a fair shake, they will be disproportionately affected. Karen Ho, Quartz, "Cuts to the US Postal Service will hurt Black people the most," 7 Aug. 2020 Two politicians who spoke to IndyStar wondered whether past women candidates got a fair shake from voters. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Race, gender and politics: A man pointed a gun at Dr. Myers, a woman refused to shake Sen. Melton's hand," 23 June 2020 Supporters of Senate Bill 1333, sponsored by Sen. David Livingston, believe such protections are necessary to ensure officers — whose work may spur retaliation — get a fair shake. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Arizona law enforcement officers accused of misconduct could get additional protections," 31 Jan. 2020 Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to work with Democrats to make sure the allegations get a fair shake in the House. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, "Democratic Sen. Coons says he's 'gravely' concerned about Trump's actions if acquitted by Senate," 15 Dec. 2019 There are many around the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex who feel Arroyo never got a fair shake, though he’s not taken outside criticism much to heart. oregonlive, "Marcus Arroyo excited to ‘to finish it out’ with Oregon Ducks before embarking for UNLV," 20 Dec. 2019 And voters will give it a fair shake, since leading man Joaquin Phoenix feels like a safe bet for a Best Actor nomination, at minimum. David Canfield, EW.com, "Box office records will not propel Joker to a Best Picture nomination. Here's why," 14 Nov. 2019 The lawsuit, filed by anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions, claimed Asian-American students weren't getting a fair shake because of Harvard's policy of seeking racial and economic diversity, among other goals. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Harvard doesn't discriminate against Asian-American applicants, judge rules," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of fair shake

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fair shake was in 1830

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“Fair shake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair%20shake. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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