level the playing field

level the playing field

To make a situation or activity more fair and balanced by giving an extra advantage or opportunity to those who would normally be at a disadvantage, or by attempting to take away or diminish advantages, perhaps of one's adversary or competitor. The point of this legislation is to level the playing field for those who have typically found it harder to access public funding. The acquisition of the star player in the offseason was intended to level the playing field with their main rivals, who have become perennial champions.
See also: field, level, play

ˌlevel the ˈplaying field

create a situation where everyone has the same opportunities: There is a high demand for new laws and restrictions to be introduced in order to level the playing field.
See also: field, level, play
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And in a bid to level the playing field they have changed the way money is distributed to councils.
The sentiment of the legal/divorce community was that there should be legislation to level the playing field between the economically disadvantaged spouse (almost always the wife) and the other spouse--and while we are at it to also level the playing field between the lawyer and the client.
We need to level the playing field to give all businesses the best chance to compete.
The obvious question, once we level the playing field to include the choices of stay-at-home mothers, is what other groups and choices deserve such accommodation?
The legislation may become a blueprint for other states looking to level the playing field for those seeking contracts.
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Business Process Outsourcing will eventually level the playing field and create a commonality with outsourced services.
Gail Fawcett, CCSD Senior Researcher and the author of the study, says the results "suggest that unions help to level the playing field for male workers with disabilities, but unionized women with disabilities lag far behind," even though "unionization appears to pull them out of the really low levels of earnings, but few make it to the upper income brackets.
These rules exist to level the playing field for U.
Enlist the government to level the playing field on corporate tax rates.
This legislation will help level the playing field for all political candidates.
The purpose of matching funds in city politics is to level the playing field - not to subsidize big spenders like Smith.
The reader will come away with an understanding of the myriad adaptive technology aids that exist to level the playing field for people with disabilities.