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Play fair

Behave honestly and honorably, obey the rules, as in Not every supplier we deal with plays fair , or We can’t just leave them to find their own way back—that’s not playing fair . Although this idiom conjures up playing by the rules in some game or sport, it actually has been used in this figurative way since the mid-1400s. Also see play the game


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