May the best man/woman win.

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May the best man/woman win.

A clichéd expression said at the beginning of a competitive event used to express the sportsmanlike desire that the person who truly deserves to win will do so. Are both of you ready? Then shake hands, and may the best woman win. Let's have a fair fight, and may the best man win.
See also: man, may, woman
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May the best man win, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said on Thursday as the name of his party-mate, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano has been floated as one of his possible rivals in the vice presidential race in 2016.
If Michael is on top form and I play as I know I can it will be a cracking game and may the best man win.
I have full faith in the people taking the decision and may the best man win.
Companies are intelligent and consumers are intelligent so may the best man win.
Michael O'Leary (left) and JP McManus: may the best man win
We're fighting the best John Simpson, they're fighting the best Stephen Smith and may the best man win.
My plan would be that they both would play and may the best man win.
Blair should have gone to Granita all those years ago and told his friend to run for the leadership and may the best man win.
And he alleged: 'Their contracts give Singers the right to require them to go in the garden and not contact their clients for three months, after which may the best man win.
I have a feeling it will come down to the final lap of the season, and may the best man win.
I'm taking one step at a time but when we get to the World Championships may the best man win.
but, at this one, I said before the semi-final may the best man win.
It is nice to be back in the lead of the World Championship for the first time since the opening round, but there are five rounds still to go and may the best man win.
This is what jump racing is all about - now may the best man win.