One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An arrangement or understanding which is based upon the trust of both or all parties, rather than being legally binding.
agreement, arrangement, deal, bargain, settlement, pledge, promise, pact, compact, contract, concord, treaty, covenant, bondView synonyms
- ‘Although the group drew up all the appropriate legal papers to form the corporation and to establish by-laws, many things were done by gentlemen's agreements.’
- ‘Opposition parties accused the Conservatives of breaking a gentleman's agreement to rotate the role of Swindon Mayor between parties.’
- ‘‘There's been a gentlemen's agreement over time by both parties that you only do redistricting in a year ending in one,’ explains the Representative.’
- ‘Traditionally police have a gentlemen's agreement with these institutions - they butt in only if invited because they trust schools and churches to police themselves.’
- ‘This problem was initially ‘solved’ by a gentleman's agreement among publicly funded scientists who worked with gene sequences.’
gentleman's agreement/ˈjen(t)lmənz əˌɡrēmənt/
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