play straight

play straight

To act, behave, or play fairly and justly; to observe the rules or the laws; to not cheat or betray the spirit of something. Often used in negative formations. If you don't play fair, no one is going to want to play games with you anymore! The watchdog accused the giant multinational corporation of not playing fair with its tax obligations. Everyone I know cheats the system to their advantage, so why should I have to be the one to play fair?
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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.
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We have to play straight and keep on hard working, as without applying, one can't get desired results.
So we go back to the nets, let them look at the vision and get them to play straight.
If you look at last year we brought Jem Karacan in around this time and he didn't play straight away," said Parkinson before today's game at Norwich.
I was kind of hard for me to play straight up, so I guess that was their game plan, getting me in foul trouble.
He said: "Any game you play straight after a defeat like that becomes more crucial because you must get back to winning ways.
Pre-season has gone very well, I haven't missed a minute of training and I feel really strong and fit and I'm more than ready to play straight away.
Ideally, we would like him straight away because I feel he is good enough to play straight away, because he is a really talented player.
He has got improvements to make but he's one of the players we've brought in this summer who is ready to play straight away.
He is such a fine organiser, he would get the tactics I wanted to play straight away.
Carol Cullington, who has written for Brookside, Eastenders and BBC drama Accused, penned play Straight Up after the death of 17-year-old Kelsey Shaw, from Speke, who was strangled to death by her boyfriend Callum Willcocks in April last year.
Sean Hayes presented the Vanguard Award to Emmy and Tony Award-winning entertainer Kristin Chenoweth, who had publicly challenged a Newsweek article that wrongly asserted gay actors cannot play straight roles.
According to both counties' websites, Niall O'Brien is due to play straight off the plane from the Caribbean after representing Ireland.
He's funny, can sing and dance (he's a Broadway veteran), can play straight (Barney on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, for which he was Emmy-nominated), avoids the paparazzi, and is, to many, the model of the out, modern actor--after all, whether or not he made you forget he's gay, he almost made you forget he played Doogie Howser.
It's never easy to settle down at a new club in a new country, so if he had to play straight away it would be difficult for him and people might start talking about him not being ready.
People think he's being serious and play straight into his hands - genius