fair warning


: enough warning to be able to avoid something bad
I'm giving you fair warning that you had better not discuss politics at dinner tonight.

Examples of fair warning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But fair warning — the train can only carry up to 20 passengers at a time. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 23 May 2024 And fair warning, like her tour this article is an extensive rollercoaster. Bryan West, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2024 But fair warning: The rush of getting that perfect piece is just the beginning. Blake Bakkila, Sunset Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024 Everyone, regardless of age, needs at least fair warning about something that could kill them. Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun Sentinel Editorial Boards, Orlando Sentinel, 2 Jan. 2024 Actions will stand out and give those around you a fair warning that things are about to change. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 Foul aroma gives you a fair warning of this beer’s moldy grain flavor — that’s my unhappy experience with bottled 0.0. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Jan. 2024 Providing fair warning for her unruly behavior, Lykez belches into the mic and cautions that, with one wrong move, her hands might end up around your throat. Pitchfork, 7 Dec. 2023 Just a fair warning that all of these appealing pursuits require leaving the fireplace coziness and panoramic views of your room at the Ojai Valley Inn, a proposition that might not be so easy for many pairs. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 18 June 2022

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“Fair warning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair%20warning. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

fair warning

: sufficient notification in a statute that particular conduct constitutes a crime see also void-for-vagueness doctrine
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