fair and square


fair and square
   If someone wins something fair and square, they follow the rules and win conclusively.
  (Dorking School Dictionary)
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   If something is obtained or won fair and square, it is done in an honest and open manner, the rules are respected and there is no cheating or lying.
   

Gavin won the competition fair and square - there was no doubt about the result.


English Idioms & idiomatic expressions. 2014.

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  • fair and square — Square Square (skw[^a]r), n. [OF. esquarre, esquierre, F. [ e]querre a carpenter s square (cf. It. squadra), fr. (assumed) LL. exquadrare to make square; L. ex + quadrus a square, fr. quattuor four. See {Four}, and cf. {Quadrant}, {Squad},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fair-and-square — adj. fair and honest; just. Opposite of {unfair}. [Colloq.] Syn: honest. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fair and square — Fair Fair, adv. Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably. [1913 Webster] {Fair and square}, justly; honestly; equitably; impartially. [Colloq.] {To bid fair}. See under {Bid}. {To speak fair}, to address… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fair and square — adv. justly; honestly; equitably; impartially. Opposite of {unfairly}. [Colloq.] [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fair and square — If someone does something fair and square, they do it correctly, following any rules or laws …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • fair and square — ► fair and square 1) with absolute accuracy. 2) honestly and straightforwardly. Main Entry: ↑fair …   English terms dictionary

  • fair and square — 1. in an honest way and without any doubt. We won the match fair and square. (British & Australian) 2. if you hit someone fair and square on a particular part of their body, you hit them hard exactly on that part. She hit me fair and square on… …   New idioms dictionary

  • fair-and-square — adjective just and honest • Similar to: ↑fair, ↑just * * * fairˈ and squareˈ adjective Honest (also adverb) • • • Main Entry: ↑fair …   Useful english dictionary

  • fair and square — in a way that is clear and fair, so that no one can complain or disagree She had to admit she d been defeated fair and square …   English dictionary

  • fair and square — adverb a) Totally fairly and undoubtedly. We won the game fair and square b) Within the applicable rules …   Wiktionary