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fair and square

Meaning: If something was done fair and square, it was done in an honest and straightforward way, without cheating.

For example:

  • We won the contract fair and square, without doing anyone any favours.

  • Sandra won the singing contest fair and square. She was obviously the best singer.

Quick Quiz:

Manchester United won the match fair and square, because
  1. they were the better team
  2. the referee favoured them
  3. they kicked and bullied their opponents

Discuss: fair and square

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