gentleman's agreement


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gentleman's agreement

A legally non-binding arrangement that is guaranteed only by a verbal or mutually understood agreement by the parties involved. Though my father left me his entire estate in his will, I made a gentleman's agreement with my brother to share the wealth equally between us.
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a gentleman's agreement

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a gentlemen's agreement

A gentleman's agreement or a gentlemen's agreement is an informal agreement that is not written down but in which people trust one another to do what they have promised. We had no contract; it was done by a gentleman's agreement. I'm hoping we can come to a gentlemen's agreement, Colonel.
See also: agreement

a gentleman's agreement

an arrangement or understanding which is based on the trust of both or all parties, rather than being legally binding.
1991 Charles Anderson Grain: Entrepreneurs There had been a ‘gentleman's agreement’ by the Grain Growers not to enter the markets of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool's predecessor.
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a ˌgentleman’s aˈgreement

(also a ˌgentlemen’s aˈgreement) an agreement, a contract, etc. in which nothing is written down because both people trust each other not to break it: ‘Why don’t you tell him you don’t want to sell it now?’ ‘I can’t possibly. It was a gentleman’s agreement and I must keep to it.’
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We don't expect parttime clubs to do it and it is not about money - it's about the principle of Celtic not following what is essentially a gentleman's agreement.
Renault driver Alonso has won the last three races prior to his home grand prix in Barcelona but has hit out at Ferrari for disregarding a gentleman's agreement on testing.
He had made a gentleman's agreement to stay for at least another series.
A gentleman's agreement had allowed Travel West Midlands buses to turn round on private land behind the Midland Sports Centre in Cromwell Lane, Tile Hill.
A GENTLEMAN's agreement could lead to Nottingham Forest captain Colin Cooper joining the exodus of top players out of the City Ground, writes Mark Worwood.
Shearer is, of course, a Geordie and he has no get-out clause in his contract, only a gentleman's agreement with owner Jack Walker and chairman Robert Coar.
Chris Coleman believed he had a gentleman's agreement to keep the player on loan for the whole season following the sale of Steed Malbranque.
In that campaign, England bid despite a gentleman's agreement they had with UEFA countries not to stand against Germany.
Clubs have been reluctant to use the new rules for fear of losing their own players but this gentleman's agreement is set to end and spark a flurry of deals.
Drucker's managing director David Scott said: "This is something we have done for a few years as a gentleman's agreement, but this year we found we didn't have the capacity to produce 4,500 mince pies.
When he joined Walsall, before I arrived, there was a gentleman's agreement between Steve Bruce and our director of football Paul Taylor to the effect that David would be allowed to stay on loan beyond the first month so I hope that's still the case.
He has a gentleman's agreement with me and the chairman that if he was unhappy, he could tell us.