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It's not cricket!

It isn't fair, sportsmanlike, or legitimate. I know you want to avoid confrontation, but it's not cricket to break up with someone by text message. I don't see why you think it's not cricket—everyone else does it all the time.
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not cricket

Unfair, unsportsmanlike, as in It's not cricket to let him go without notice. This term, in which the sport of cricket is equated with upright behavior, survives in America despite the relative unfamiliarity of the sport there. [Mid-1800s]
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not cricket

contrary to traditional standards of fairness or rectitude. British informal
The game of cricket, with its traditional regard for courtesy and fair play, has been a metaphor for these qualities since at least the mid 19th century.
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not cricket

mod. unfair; illegitimate; unorthodox. (See affirmative examples at cricket.) What do you mean it’s not cricket? You do it.
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DICKIE Bird's statue has been removed after officials decided pranksters constantly defacing it was just not cricket.
He is one player who has done everything that is not cricket.
That's not cricket, it doesn't work that way," he added.
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It was a civilised sport - the epitomy of fair play and all that was right with the world - any hint of unfairness "was just not cricket, old boy".
London, July 20 (ANI): Members of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which owns the Lord's cricket ground, have reportedly expressed their unhappiness over women exposing too much flesh, and have added that it's just not cricket.
It only shows that when it comes to survival, this country, which speaks about cricket as a gentleman's game and suggests anything is unsporting is not cricket, chooses look the other way.
I PRESUME Mrs J Holden would be asking for a public meeting regarding the use of a proposed cricket pitch in Albert Park had the request come from a group of English families (Just Not Cricket.
Howard also said it was better for the Australian government to take the blame for the ban, and not cricket authorities.
Sportsmen are ambassadors of their nations and to act in an unruly and unsporting manner is not cricket.
Sydney, Jun 17 (ANI): Skipper Ricky Ponting believes that Channel Nine's designs on a new one-day format are not cricket, and said that he will advise Cricket Australia not to introduce 40-wicket matches in their revamped domestic one-day competition, because the concept "goes away from the game".
I am moved to make these points by the letter you published from D Rowlinson (It's Just Not Cricket, 10.
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He noted real structure of Olympic events is centred on athletics, gymnastics and wrestling or games like hockey, soccer and not cricket.