give (one) a fair crack of the whip

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give (one) a fair crack of the whip

To allow someone a reasonable opportunity to do something. Yes, I was fired, but I really don't think the manager gave me a fair crack of the whip—I only worked there for a week!
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RIO FERDINAND is urging referees to give a fair crack of the whip to Wayne Rooney after claiming he has received "harsh" treatment from officials this season.