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Not cricket

adverb phrase

Improper; dubious; unethical; unfair: Something not quite cricket happened

[1900+ British; fr inadmissible actions in the game of cricket]
Unfair, unsportsmanlike, as in It’s not cricket to let him go without notice. This term, in which the sport of cricket is equated with upright behavior, survives in America despite the relative unfamiliarity of the sport there. [ Mid-1800s ]


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