Definition of fair play in English:

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fair play

Pronunciation: /ˌfɛː ˈpleɪ/


[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.
justice, justness, fair-mindedness, equity, equitableness, even-handedness, impartiality, lack of prejudice, open-mindedness


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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