gentleman's agreement

variants: or gentlemen's agreement

Definition of gentleman's agreement

: an agreement secured only by the honor of the participants

Examples of gentleman's agreement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dortmund has a gentleman's agreement in place with the 21-year-old. Manuel Veth, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Is there a 'gentleman's agreement' between Kentucky and Auburn? Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 26 Sep. 2020 That also ties into recent speculation that Chelsea have an gentleman's agreement not to pursue Napoli players., 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of gentleman's agreement

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Gentleman's agreement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gentleman's agreement

: an informal agreement based on trust rather than on a legal document


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