a level playing field

level playing field

A situation that is balanced and fair. A handicap in golf serves to create a level playing field between players of varying degrees of skill. The new legislation is intended to create a level playing field for students of all backgrounds.
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a level playing field

COMMON A level playing field is a situation that is fair and where no one has an advantage over other people. At the moment we are not competing on a level playing field. Trade with these nations must be conducted on a level playing field. Note: This expression can be varied, for example by using even or uneven instead of level. Given an even playing field, girls tend to do better at school than boys. Note: If you say that you want to level the playing field, you mean that you want to make a situation fair, by ensuring that nobody has an advantage over other people. Industry analysts say the agreement should help level the playing field.
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a level playing field

a situation in which everyone has a fair and equal chance of succeeding.
1998 Times Most damagingly, the Brussels-centred concept of ‘the level playing field’ had also proved a wonderfully convenient alibi for protectionist lobbies.
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a ˌlevel ˈplaying field

a situation in which everyone has the same opportunities: Many small businesses complain that they are not competing on a level playing field and that they are the ones who lose out.
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