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play fair

to do something by the rules; to play something in a fair and just manner. John won't play with Bill anymore because Bill doesn't play fair. You moved the golf ball with your foot! That's not playing fair!
See also: fair, play

play fair

Behave honestly and honorably, obey the rules, as in Not every supplier we deal with plays fair, or We can't just leave them to find their own way back-that's not playing fair. Although this idiom conjures up playing by the rules in some game or sport, it actually has been used in this figurative way since the mid-1400s. Also see play the game.
See also: fair, play

play fair

observe principles of justice; avoid cheating.
See also: fair, play

play ˈfair/ˈstraight (with somebody)

act honestly and fairly: I don’t think it’s playing fair to blame her for other people’s mistakes.
See also: fair, play, straight
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5 billion per year into these economies should be reason enough to play fair, regardless of the other inherent dangers pirated software brings to a business," said David Finn, associate general counsel for worldwide anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting at Microsoft.
Based on interviews with over 320 sportswear workers in China, India, Thailand, and Indonesia, as well as reviews of company and industry profiles, published and unpublished reports, newspaper articles, web sites, and factory advertisements, researchers from the Play Fair network found that while some brands have developed labor rights monitoring and compliance programs and taken action on a number of issues and cases, substantial violations of worker rights are still the norm for workers in the sportswear industry.
You can't break the rules and then expect the rest of the system to play fair.
A group of student activists at the university in Gibbet Hill Road, Gibbet Hill, Coventry are backing an Oxfam campaign called Play Fair at the Olympics.
And laying down the law to Welsh boss Hughes, Toon supremo Robson (right) said: 'I understand that we have to play fair with Wales but, equally, Wales must play fair with us.
More fatuous, there's a "right to good administration"--a pathetic hope that Brussels will play fair with the people of 25 nations.
Now go to recess, children and play fair," the venerable old priest said to us as he placed the host back in the tabernacle.
On the playground, a student Play Fair Squad monitors noncompetitive games.
Every entrepreneur just starting out needs someone to provide a coach-like pep talk: "This is the big game - our competition is tough and they don't always play fair.
Those CMBS special servicers that don't play fair and have demonstrated this type of behavior may find their Fitch servicer rating adversely impacted.
Nadler writes in support of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act which he co-wrote with Tennessee Republican Rep.
For by agreeing to do their own previous work for them We help them to reduce and employ far less staff This must increase their huge profit margins by a quite considerable degree And allow fat-cat bosses to smile all the way to the bank Which, even in a greedy capitalist society like ours, Is surely behaviour quite unpleasant and rank So the supermarkets should play fair and square with the general public When we scan our own purchases for whatever the amount And agree to be fair and reasonable in the circumstances By awarding us a very well-earned discount
He stressed to the captains the importance of their teams playing according to the MCC Spirit of Cricket -- Play hard, Play fair.
ITV should play fair with the contestants and the loyal followers of the show.