turnabout is fair play

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of turnabout is fair play

US
used to say that it is fair for a person to do something to harm someone who has harmed him or her
  • She did it to me, so I'm going to do it to her. Turnabout is fair play.

Word by Word Definitions

turnabout play
  1. : a change or reversal of direction, trend, policy, role, or character

  2. : a changing from one allegiance to another

  3. : turncoat, renegade

fair play
  1. : marked by impartiality and honesty : free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism

  2. : conforming with the established rules : allowed

  3. : consonant with merit or importance : due

  1. : a gathering of buyers and sellers at a particular place and time for trade

  2. : a competitive exhibition usually with accompanying entertainment and amusements

  3. : an exhibition designed to acquaint prospective buyers or the general public with a product

  1. : in a manner that is honest or impartial or that conforms to rules : in a fair manner

  2. : fairly

  1. : clear

  2. : to join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly

  1. : something that is fair or fortunate (see 1fair)

  2. : beauty, fairness

  3. : woman

play play
  1. : swordplay

  2. : game, sport

  3. : the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. : to engage in sport or recreation : frolic

  2. : to have sexual relations

  3. : to move aimlessly about : trifle


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