level the field

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level the 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 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 field with their main rivals, who have become perennial champions.
See also: field, level
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

level the (playing) field

Fig. to create a state where everyone has the same opportunity. (See also a level playing field.) Let's level the playing field and give everyone a chance.
See also: field, level
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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