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level playing field

A situation that is balanced and fair. A handicap in golf serves to create a level playing field between players of varying degrees of skill. The new legislation is intended to create a level playing field for students of all backgrounds.
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level playing field

Fig. a situation that is fair to all; a situation where everyone has the same opportunity. If we started off with a level playing field, everyone would have an equal chance.
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a level playing field

COMMON A level playing field is a situation that is fair and where no one has an advantage over other people. At the moment we are not competing on a level playing field. Trade with these nations must be conducted on a level playing field. Note: This expression can be varied, for example by using even or uneven instead of level. Given an even playing field, girls tend to do better at school than boys. Note: If you say that you want to level the playing field, you mean that you want to make a situation fair, by ensuring that nobody has an advantage over other people. Industry analysts say the agreement should help level the playing field.
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a level playing field

a situation in which everyone has a fair and equal chance of succeeding.
1998 Times Most damagingly, the Brussels-centred concept of ‘the level playing field’ had also proved a wonderfully convenient alibi for protectionist lobbies.
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a ˌlevel ˈplaying field

a situation in which everyone has the same opportunities: Many small businesses complain that they are not competing on a level playing field and that they are the ones who lose out.
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The interesting thing about level playing fields is that you sure hear a lot of people preaching and complaining about them; but, much like the Loch Ness monster, it's hard to find anyone who has ever really seen one.
We want the industry to be sustainable and profitable - and we need industrial policies and a level playing field to help us do that.
If the endeavours of the above organisations are successful and legislation is brought in to create a blanket ban on the use of lead-based paint, the coatings industry on a global level will have no choice but to adhere, therefore creating a level playing field for everyone.
Holding out till the end, the Dutch have been supported by states that have unbundled their transmission system operators (TSOs) in calling for the level playing field measure to prevent VICs from buying up any major company active in the energy sector.
However, no common set of accounting rules, global regulator nor court system exists to protect the interests of cedants and provide a level playing field around the world.
I am not in favor of "protectionist" measures, and by many accounts the domestic manufacturers have not enjoyed the best reputations in their transactions with their suppliers, but in a market-driven economy all the players deserve a level playing field, and management, unions and our government should work together to assure that the field is level.
Stepping back, Pro Farmer was founded in 1973 by Merrill Oster and Jerry Carlson with the aim of giving the farmer a level playing field.
When Barry Bonds and his fellow greats were born, only a handful of others were on a level playing field with them.
Efforts in this area should include expanding modern business education, promoting best practices for businesses, and encouraging a level playing field to stimulate investment.
Can anyone really believe that such powers as the European Union and the United States would permit the elimination of subsidies on cotton so that such countries as Burkina Faso, Mali, Benin and Chad could enjoy a level playing field in the sale of cotton (NCR, Oct.
But new evidence indicates that the faith-based initiative isn't about a level playing field at all.
As employers offer domestic partners benefits, that's a step toward a level playing field," she said.
This was done to put all facilities on a level playing field regarding quality measures/quality indicators and to prevent facilities from doing what you suggested in your article, which is coding/referring to an ulcer as a "blister.
There needs to be a level playing field that includes all the different approaches," Jackson says.
Brazilian steel exporters say that they need a level playing field to compete against U.