a fair crack of the whip

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a fair crack of the whip

A reasonable opportunity to do something. Yes, I was fired, but I really don't think the manager gave me a fair crack of the whip—I only worked there for a week!
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a fair crack of the whip

BRITISH
If you get a fair crack of the whip, you get the chance to prove how good you are at something. All I wanted was to be given a chance to prove myself and I felt I didn't get a fair crack of the whip. None of them is expecting any favours, just a fair crack of the whip. The manager gives everyone a fair crack of the whip to earn a place in the team.
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a fair crack of the whip

fair treatment; a chance to participate or compete on equal terms. British informal
1989 T. M. Albert Tales of the Ulster Detective You might think that the police concocted the circumstances to deny these men a fair crack of the whip.
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a fair crack of the ˈwhip

(British English, informal) a fair or reasonable opportunity to do something or to show that you can do something: I don’t think he was really given a fair crack of the whip. He only had five minutes to present his suggestions.We all got a fair crack of the whip. We can’t complain.
See also: crack, fair, of, whip
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I am not a Tory or Labour supporter but I believe everyone should be given a fair crack of the whip.
IT SEEMS racing is not getting a fair crack of the whip from some media organs.
Richard Lee claimed his daughter, who disappeared in Germany nearly 37 years ago, did not get a "fair crack of the whip" compared to the high-profile McCann case, which has so far cost police PS12million.
ONE of the things we are surely entitled to expect from any Government is a fair crack of the whip for our children when it comes to spending on state-funded education.
As part of a national system, we still rely on ministers hundreds of miles away to give us a fair crack of the whip by giving us enough money to do the job properly.
Others were not given a fair crack of the whip in being allowed to stand as a Labour Party candidate.
I am not asking for favours, just a fair crack of the whip.
Whilst I do not agree with all of them, I do respect his right to hold them and feel that he should at least be given a fair crack of the whip.
I've got the ring experience, I've got the knowhow, and I really feel, despite being in Germany, I'm going to get a fair crack of the whip."
If Corbyn is given a fair crack of the whip he offers the people of this country a glimmer of hope for a better more fairer future.
If Siemens, and I hold no torch for them, could demonstrate that they could offer a more robust carriage, I would be prepared to give them a fair crack of the whip. After all, should we as consumers be given a product just because it's manufactured, at the time of order, in the UK?
Plaid AM Lindsay Whittle said the public sector must give Welsh firms a "fair crack of the whip".
The striker feels he wasn't given a fair crack of the whip and hopes to show Aberdeen what they're missing in today's Ramsdens Cup Final with Partick Thistle.
Scouser Gerrard made it clear when he left Cardiff City last summer he was far from happy about his departure, claiming he wasn't given a "fair crack of the whip" by manager Malky Mackay.
ASTON Villa manager Paul Lambert has promised that newcomer Brett Holman will be given a fair crack of the whip - even though he was signed by his predecessor Alex McLeish.