be a sport

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be a sport

1. To be helpful and amiable. In this usage, the phrase usually precedes a request. Be a sport and get me another drink, will you?
2. To be good-natured or amiable despite unpleasant circumstances. In this usage, "good" is usually used between "a" and "sport." I know you're disappointed to have lost the game, but try to be a good sport, OK?
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be a (good) ˈsport

(informal) be generous, cheerful and pleasant, especially in a difficult situation: She’s a good sport.Go on, be a sport (= used when asking somebody to do something for you).
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References in classic literature ?
Especially it is a sport to see, when a bold fellow is out of countenance; for that puts his face into a most shrunken, and wooden posture; as needs it must; for in bashfulness, the spirits do a little go and come; but with bold men, upon like occasion, they stand at a stay; like a stale at chess, where it is no mate, but yet the game cannot stir.