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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.
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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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Time was when cricket was a template for national character and we do not for nothing use the phrase: 'It's just not cricket.' He actually also displayed that lost part of what was once in the DNA, ie the stiff upper lip rather than the flabby chinned, let's all weep snowflake society we see around us.
The way England behaved after the world cup final at Lord's was 'just not cricket'.
Hence the phrase 'It's just not cricket,' which describes anything considered unfair.
Read: 'It's just not cricket': Chaudhry wants ICC action against Indian team for wearing army caps
In social website twitter he said 'It's just not Cricket', I hope ICC ll take action for politicising Gentleman's game ...
"It is just not cricket, I hope ICC will take action for politicising gentleman's game, if Indian team is not stopped, Pakistan cricket team should wear black bands to remind the world about Indian atrocities in Kashmir.
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.
"The spirit of cricket is precious to our sport and so intrinsically linked with good behaviour - the turn of phrase, 'That's just not cricket' is not an accident.
THANK you and Stuart Rayner for his comprehensive article about Durham CCC ("Club's plight is just not cricket", October 3).
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".
IT'S JUST NOT CRICKET Would I eat this new energy bar made from insects?
Stephen Fry appears in the stirring Judd's Paradox, an introspective Daniel Radcliffe in Third Man and commentator Henry Blofeld in It's Just Not Cricket. This album can, and will, steal the hearts of all cricket aficionados.
I READ Mr Rajendra Aneja's "Just not cricket" (GDN, May 26) with much interest.