Definition of fair and square in English:

fair and square

phrase

  • Honestly and straightforwardly.

    ‘we won the match fair and square’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The last match I lost fair and square but I was a little disappointed with the first one’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm sure we'll win fair and square later on without having to do anything to upset him.’
    • ‘We want to win races fair and square, not to have - having them be stolen.’
    • ‘Of course I realised and I started telling everybody I lost the match fair and square, no excuses.’
    honestly, fairly, without cheating, without foul play, by the book, according to the rules, in accordance with the rules
    lawfully, legally, licitly, legitimately
    on the level
    on the up and up
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