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gentleman's agreement Syllabification: gen·tle·man's a·gree·ment
Pronunciation: /ˈjen(t)lmənz əˌɡrēmənt/
(also gentlemen's agreement)

Definition of gentleman's agreement in English:


An arrangement or understanding which is based upon the trust of both or all parties, rather than being legally binding.
Example sentences
  • ‘There's been a gentlemen's agreement over time by both parties that you only do redistricting in a year ending in one,’ explains the Representative.
  • Opposition parties accused the Conservatives of breaking a gentleman's agreement to rotate the role of Swindon Mayor between parties.
  • Although the group drew up all the appropriate legal papers to form the corporation and to establish by-laws, many things were done by gentlemen's agreements.

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