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the fair/fairer sex

Usage notes: Some women think this phrase is offensive.
My father hated the idea of me joining the army. He always said it wasn't a suitable occupation for the fair sex.
See also: fair, sex

I/You can't say fairer than that.

  (British & Australian informal)
something that you say in order to tell someone that an offer you have made is fair and that you think they should accept it I'll wash the dishes if you cook dinner. You can't say fairer than that, can you?
See also: fairer, say
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ANORTHUMBERLAND MP has set up a petition calling for a fairer deal for school funding in the county.
Almost everyone is agreed that creating that fairer society should be the primary focus of every Scottish Government.
Mr Dromey demanded fairer police funding in a letter to Home Secretary Theresa May on March 16 - but has been told the issue is a matter for the next government.
There was no mention of a fairer funding package for Wales from Labour.
The money, announced by Schools Minister David Laws (inset), is being made available in 2015/16 in an effort to make the education funding system fairer.
He said: "In government we are working to build the stronger economy essential for the fairer society Lib Dems want for people in the North-east and the UK.
Figures from campaign group Fairer Gambling suggest the machines are clustered in areas of high unemployment.
As Fairer sees it, the tension between the post-1801 visionary and his younger, naive, alter ego parallels irreconcilable definitions of the organic: that which derives from the idealist model and that which preceded it--an earlier conception posited by Locke and native to eighteenth-century England.
Politicians must create a fairer and more transparent system including financial allowances to keep children out of poverty.
Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck, in Northumberland, is supporting the RSPCA's Fairer Fillings campaign.
The objective of these discussion panels is to shed light on the specific efforts to be exerted to help create decent jobs, iron out difficulties facing youth to find jobs and establish a fairer and more sustainable globalisation.
Summary: Rail passengers have been urged to take action in the fight for fairer train fares.
David Fairer, Organising Poefry: The Coleridge Circle, 1790-1798 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)
The schools would therefore receive a fairer and more equitable share of the money earmarked for spending only on educational needs.
Comparative fault, the fairer system used in 46 states, allows people to recover damages from those most responsible for causing an accident.