Definition of not cricket in US English:

not cricket


  • Something contrary to traditional standards of fairness or rectitude.

    • ‘Blustering racial epithets simply is not cricket, and it's a positive move by the ICC to punish offenders.’
    • ‘Complaining about the Red Cross is not nice, it's not cricket, and it's not done.’
    • ‘In his view, what we have done to him is really not cricket.’
    • ‘But dropping a new ball in the rough - just not cricket, dear boy.’
    • ‘Critics will argue that such a deliberate attempt to dupe the press - especially by fellow journalists - is simply not cricket.’
    • ‘This caused a considerable diplomatic and press furore and coined the term ‘It's not cricket!’’
    • ‘Don't vote for me twice though, that's just not cricket.’
    • ‘Proposals for the Lyons Lane ground are worrying nearby residents, who say it's just not cricket.’
    • ‘At this point David Crystal couldn't help himself: ‘Oh I say, that's not cricket.’’
    • ‘And that, say my critics, is definitely not cricket.’
    • ‘The shocking selection criteria it used to appoint him as its new chief executive officer is just not cricket.’
    • ‘Persecution of Bangladesh is just not cricket.’
    • ‘‘That's not cricket,’ was one of the dreadful cliches thrown at me as a errant child in Tasmania in the 1940s.’
    • ‘Make of that what you will, but I reckon it's not cricket.’
    • ‘FOR THE United Cricket Board of SA to move the Warriors franchise from Mercedes-Benz Park to Port Elizabeth after a grace period of one year is just not cricket.’
    • ‘In my book, that constitutes bad manners and is just not cricket!’
    • ‘It's just not cricket, not playing by the rules at all.’
    • ‘And ignoring Colonel Philipps's military rank was not cricket either.’
    • ‘In cricket, no, it's not that you can't do that, it's you don't do that, that's just not cricket.’
    • ‘‘It tells us that the old adage that ‘It's not cricket,’ which applied to just about everything in life, is no longer valid - and that's a real pity.’’
    evil, sinful, immoral, wrong, morally wrong, wrongful, bad, iniquitous, corrupt, black-hearted, ungodly, unholy, irreligious, unrighteous, sacrilegious, profane, blasphemous, impious, base, mean, vile
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