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fair and square

This page is about the idiom fair and square


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

a. they were the better team

b. the referee favoured them

c. they kicked and bullied their opponents

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Contributor: Matt Errey