play fair


: to play according to the rules
He claims that his opponent wasn't playing fair.

Examples of play fair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Former Attorney General Eric Holder cast doubt on President Trump's chances at victory on Election Day, saying the only way Trump could win reelection is if his party doesn't play fair. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, 3 Nov. 2020 Mitt Romney once complained that Barack Obama didn’t play fair. James Taranto,, 24 Apr. 2023 The report also noted that politically there remains the belief that the other side simply doesn't play fair. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 And corporations, unlike universities, have no incentive to play fair. Gary Marcus, Scientific American, 6 June 2022 Still, analysts said the increasing pressure on Chinese tech companies to play fair could limit how quickly and aggressively Alibaba can react to new threats. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, 17 Oct. 2021 But insurers, at least in California, have faced the most regulatory pressure to play fair. Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 Never one to play fair, Conan triumphed in almost every staring contest by enlisting an eclectic cast of characters to perform some outrageous acts right next to his desk - which was, of course, smack dab in Andy's eye-line. Dan Snierson,, 24 June 2021 But Biden has kept the Trump tariffs in place and last night vowed to maintain the pressure on Beijing to play fair. Jamie McIntyre, Washington Examiner, 29 Apr. 2021 See More

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“Play fair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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