it's just not cricket

it's just not cricket

It isn't fair, sportsmanlike, or legitimate. I know you want to avoid confrontation, but it's just not cricket to break up with someone by text message. You say it's just not cricket, but everyone else fluffs up their CV when they apply for a job.
See also: cricket, just, not

it's just not cricket

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it's not cricket

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
People say it's just not cricket or it's not cricket to mean that someone's behaviour is unfair or unreasonable. Companies can't treat their staff like that — it's not cricket! Note: Cricket is traditionally associated with the values of fairness and respect for other players.
See also: cricket, just, not
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So it's just not cricket, but every sport is actually doing equally good.
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It's just not cricket!" The inimitable Arlott would have been dead right, but that's "Blooming June" for you!
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Because the sport is meant to be played in the fairest manner possible, the phrase 'it's just not cricket' was used to describe anything that did not seem fair and just in everyday life.
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It just seems very sad to me - in fact, it's just not cricket.
There is an English saying that we as a nation have long grown to regard: "It's just not cricket".
Instead, what I witness are reverse sweeps, switch hits, scoops over the wicket-keeper and many such freak shots which my grandfather would have dismissed as 'it's just not cricket, young man'.
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