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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
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Play Fair will be headquartered inside New York's Javits Center and will turn all of Manhattan into a giant "game board," encouraging attendees to visit various iconic New York institutions and landmarks to make the most of their time in the city and unlock Play Fair discounts, exclusives, and rewards.
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.
Play Fair researchers also found that wages for sportswear workers are still well below a local living wage.
In support of Play Fair Day, a global initiative to emphasize the importance of using legitimate software, this Microsoft-commissioned study quantifies the anticompetitive harm software piracy inflicts on businesses that play fair.
Come on Cardiff council, play fair and give parents and the community a bit of notice so we at least have the opportunity to give you our feedback, if you really want it.
Those workers need consumers here to keep shopping - but to also get involved in the campaign and call on Lord Mandelson to bring in a new watchdog to make sure supermarkets play fair in developing countries.
The real offenders, convicted rapists and paedophiles, cannot be relied on to play fair and need watching closely.
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Furious at Italy's World Cup win because of the match-fixing scandal, the Swiss supremo will appeal against a US court upholding MasterCard's right to sponsor the 2010 and 2014 World Cups because FIFA failed to play fair when awarding the contract to credit card rival Visa.
Alpers and Eastern Sierra businesses and government leaders aren't waiting for the DFG to play fair.
So if we don't play fair how can we accuse the London lobby of dirty tricks?
I was lucky - my father was a head teacher - and he always said: If you play fair with your pupils they'll play fair with you.
Since the Portland decision, many other cities have begun to examine whether to require AT&T to play fair as part of receiving a city franchise to operate the cable system.