Definition of all's fair in love and war in English:

all's fair in love and war

phrase

proverb
  • In certain highly charged situations, any method of achieving your objective is justifiable.

    • ‘You know, all's fair in love and war, as they say.’
    • ‘‘We're at the point now where all's fair in love and war, and politics is war,’ said Larry Sabato, a political science professor at the University of Virginia.’
    • ‘‘I really shouldn't like him since I know Pheobe kind of does,’ Treena thought to herself. ‘But as they say, all's fair in love and war.’’
    • ‘I suppose all's fair in love and war then, huh?’
    • ‘They say all's fair in love and war, but what about contracts?’
    • ‘From Cole's perspective, all's fair in love and war, and collecting art was war.’
    • ‘With reference to your heading for Brian Munn's letter ‘Unfair attack on hunting fraternity’ - all's fair in love and war.’
    • ‘‘Sorry, honey,’ Kyle remarked, ‘but all's fair in love and war.’’
    • ‘I want her back and am currently waging a war of emotions on her to convince her of my true love for her (Hey, all's fair in love and war.)’
    • ‘Well, Larry, I've got to tell you something, as far as what happens in a courtroom, it's basically all's fair in love and war.’