level playing field


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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.
See also: field, level, play
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I'm ready to concede to their level playing field request
Steel making is key to UK growth sectors from oil and gas to aerospace, they claim - and the UK needs a level playing field if it's to prosper.
Ofgem's proposals will break the stranglehold of the big six in the retail market and create a more level playing field for independent suppliers, who will get a fair deal when they want to buy and sell power up to two years ahead.
I would like more Australians to come to Royal Ascot, it's good fun, but I'm posing the debate that I'd like to have a level playing field.
It is also important for employers to have a level playing field on wages.
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.
representing 34,000 pilots, is calling for safety improvements and swift revision of the text while recognizing EU-OPS as "a first step towards a safety-based level playing field in Europe.
The time has long passed for our government to take us out of the position of competing with other governments, to recognize the realities of the situation and to provide a level playing field.
We just want a level playing field so we can afford to stay in business.
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.