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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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However, campers on the losing team often feel sad and blameful as "May the best man win!" rings hollow in their ears.
May the best man win," Romualdez said in a statement.
Edgar Erice said it might be best to let all the contenders 'slug it out and may the best man win.'
We're very proud to put it together and may the best man win. We're gonna see like eight, nine, 10 rounds of hell inside the ring."
"They came over and said: 'This is what we call a tug of war, may the best man win.' "They started pushing on the gate so I sat down with my mum.
It's like a dream for the two of us and may the best man win. At least Scotland will have one man in the semi-final."
We'll go at it and may the best man win. I have no hard feelings towards Wladimir, and I hope he performs to the best of his ability."
"I hope it will be a close match and may the best man win. Barry might think he doesn't want to play the same way as he did against Ricky (Walden) in the second round.
May the best man win. Both of us are coming prepared so it will be a good fight for the fans.”
In the minds of many, the June 16/17 vote isn't a matter of 'may the best man win' but rather which of this disappointing duo will reach the finishing post.
"All that matters on fight night is who is the better man, and may the best man win. I'm looking forward to the challenge and proving I'm a worthy world champion."
May the best man win - I think that's what any of us would say."
"Obviously, may the best man win for whatever jobs are open.
So let's sit back and enjoy - and may the best man win.And speaking of winners, looking at the field there are three men there who certainly have the experience to go in there and rule this weekend.
"Bring it on and may the best man win on the day," said Denman's colourful owner Harry Findlay.