fair play (to you)(redirected from fair play!)
1. Observation of or conformity to the rules, as of a game or competition. The only way for this game to remain civilized is if there is fair play by both sides.
2. Fair, equal, and morally correct treatment or conditions. The government's tendency to favor wealthy citizens really undercuts the sense of fair play on which our country was founded.
fair play (to you)
Well done! That's impressive! I heard you got a promotion—fair play to you! Fair play! I wouldn't have thought of doing that!
Conformity to established rules; upright conduct and equitable conditions. For example, The coach insists on fair play. Shakespeare used this idiom in King John (5:2): "According to the fair play of the world, let me have audience." [Late 1500s] Also see turnabout is fair play.
fair play to someoneINFORMAL
People say fair play to someone to mean that they should be praised for something or that what they are doing is reasonable. Fair play to The Levellers themselves for putting on musically adventurous support bands. Fair play to them if they make a few quid out of the deal.