Definition of fair and square in US English:

fair and square


  • Honestly and straightforwardly.

    ‘we won the match fair and square’
    • ‘I'm sure we'll win fair and square later on without having to do anything to upset him.’
    • ‘They basically say the president campaigned on that notion and he won the election fair and square, it's time for him to move the high court to the right.’
    • ‘We want to win races fair and square, not to have - having them be stolen.’
    • ‘I believe that I won this medal fair and square, and that the horse has not been given anything that would make him jump better.’
    • ‘Although it was a close fight, Ali won it fair and square 7-5 in rounds.’
    • ‘I love to win, but I want to win fair and square too.’
    • ‘We won fair and square, and we're going to win fair and square again.’
    • ‘We won that fight fair and square, but you had to be a poor sport say we lost when you yourself was dumped on your backside!’
    • ‘Of course I realised and I started telling everybody I lost the match fair and square, no excuses.’
    • ‘The last match I lost fair and square but I was a little disappointed with the first one’
    honestly, fairly, without cheating, without foul play, by the book, according to the rules, in accordance with the rules
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