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fair shake

Just treatment; a fair chance (to do something). When Tara negotiated with the salesman for a new car, she was afraid she wasn't getting a fair shake because she was a woman. I'm not asking for special treatment, just give me a fair shake at the tryouts.
See also: fair, shake

*fair shake

an instance of fair treatment. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) He's unpleasant, but we have to give him a fair shake. He got a fair shake from us. Don't worry!
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fair shake, a

An equitable bargain or opportunity, as in You can always count on the boss to give his crew a fair shake. This expression probably alludes to the shaking of dice. [Colloquial; early 1800s]
See also: fair

a fair ˈshake

(American English, informal) a fair chance or fair treatment: This new pay deal means a fair shake for all the workers.
See also: fair, shake

fair shake

n. a fair chance. (From shaking dice.) I want to give you both a fair shake.
See also: fair, shake

fair shake, a

An equitable opportunity or treatment. An Americanism dating from the early nineteenth century, the term probably alludes to the shaking of dice, but was soon transferred. An 1830 issue of the Central Watchtower and Farmer’s Journal, a Kentucky publication, had it, “Any way that will be a fair shake.”
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Gyan wrote on Twitter: 'People disregard my achievements in the World Cup history but I want the whole world to know that I have not been given the fair shake but records will remain forever.'
In her career spanning nearly four decades, Marilyn Townsend has made a name for herself as a civil-rights trailblazer.<br />Townsend opened her Madison-based practice in 1987 when she returned to her home state after working as in-house counsel for the United Mine Workers, representing the union and its members in cases throughout the country.<br />After opening the Marilyn Townsend Law Office, she continued to take on cases that had her helping clients facing various injustices, both in labor matters and in cases concerning harassment, discrimination and other civil-rights infringements.<br />"I've always cared about people getting a fair shake, and I always saw the law as a way to do that," Townsend said.
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Mayor Butler, like my dad, understands that when it comes to getting our little corner of the world a fair shake in funding, it doesn't matter which side of the aisle you sit on.
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Trump, who's locked in a tight race with Cruz in this first-in-the-nation caucus state, complained that he would not get a fair shake at the debate because one of its moderators is Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
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That decision, Campbell says, hints at a policy that fails to give "field athletes a fair shake. He said: "It is a complete mess.
Unionization is still the single best way for working people to get a fair shake. As a union member and former union officer, I've seen this firsthand.