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Definition of fair play in English:


[mass noun]
Respect for the rules or equal treatment of all concerned: he’s a player recognized for his sense of fair play they were demanding fair play in the allocation of housing and jobs
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  • The debate on terror is a serious one and it needs adult contributions and a commitment to fair play and respect from all involved.
  • We need to be concerned about the precedent here, and how it affects the rules of democratic fair play.
  • Behind it all there was a sense of decency and fair play and an underlying kindness and compassion.


fair play to someone

British Used as an expression of approval when someone has done something praiseworthy or the right thing under the circumstances: he must have decided to bring the children up himself—fair play to him
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  • If I run well and they run better, then fair play to them.
  • I felt if we scored first the pressure might get to Inveraray, but fair play to them, they scored in the opening minute.
  • These writers believe wholeheartedly in what they are writing - and fair play to them - but it does mean that there is no animating tension to make their stories interesting.

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