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fair and square

With no underhanded or unfair methods. No, I won that round fair and square—no rematch!
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fair and square

completely fair(ly); justly; within the rules. She won the game fair and square. The division of the money should be fair and square.
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fair and square

Just and honest, as in He won the race fair and square. This redundant expression- fair and square mean essentially the same thing-probably owes its long life to its rhyme. [Early 1600s]
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fair and square

If someone wins a competition or does something fair and square, they do it without cheating or lying. I was beaten fair and square. My father bought them fair and square fifty years ago. We've still got the receipts.
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fair and square

1 with absolute accuracy. 2 honestly and straight-forwardly.
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fair and ˈsquare

(also fairly and ˈsquarely)
1 completely and fully: They were the better team and they beat us fair and square.
2 directly and with force: I hit him fair and square on the chin.
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fair and square

Just and honest.
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