Definition of fair's fair in US English:

fair's fair


  • Used to request just treatment or assert that an arrangement is just.

    ‘Fair's fair—we were here first’
    • ‘I think fair's fair if one parent is a native of the country in question.’
    • ‘I have to say I thought this was funny, but fair's fair.’
    • ‘Sitting under a tree with a bunch of women in Kenya, for instance, Maticka-Tyndale decided fair's fair, and let the local women ask her a few questions for a change.’
    • ‘But fair's fair, it was still a respectable time given his bulky size and he had apparently had a busy day, including a rowing session and a long walk.’
    • ‘The lamb kebab was delicious and each of us could happily have polished it off, but fair's fair and we split it in two.’
    • ‘But fair's fair: Henry showed that humour can indeed be more effective than invective.’
    • ‘So fair's fair, if it's so hard for me why should it be so easy for you?’
    • ‘After all, fair's fair, and I can't believe they have the audacity to require their players to have certain skills and abilities.’
    • ‘Not because I'm greedy; fair's fair, and he certainly earns half of it.’
    • ‘And if he really does want a serious relationship, he'll find someone else eventually - which may be tough for you, but fair's fair: if you don't want him, let someone else have him.’