May the best man/woman win.

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May the best man/woman win.

A clichéd expression said at the beginning of a competitive event used to express the sportsmanlike desire that the person who truly deserves to win will do so. Are both of you ready? Then shake hands, and may the best woman win. Let's have a fair fight, and may the best man win.
See also: man, may, woman
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This is what jump racing is all about - now may the best man win.
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but we're gonna play this fair, so good luck to all and may the best man win.
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May the best man win - and perhaps one day there might even be a woman in there with a fighting chance of becoming the first female Taoiseach.
When the time comes when we meet each other, may the best man win.
So let's sit back and enjoy - and may the best man win.
However, yesterday he said: "I think he's getting a second chance so may the best man win this Friday and hopefully I can come out on top.
I hope it will be a close match and may the best man win.
I have full faith in the people taking the decision and may the best man win.