a square deal


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square deal

A fair, honest transaction, deal, or arrangement. The president said he will pull out of trade deal talks until he feels sure we are getting a square deal. We aren't looking to be paid or treated better than our peers—we just want a square deal. $300 for that crappy old computer? That doesn't sound like a square deal to me, dude.
See also: deal, square

a square deal

a fair bargain or treatment.
Square here has the sense of ‘honest’, which as an adjective was associated originally with honourable play at cards. See also on the square (at square).
See also: deal, square