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it's not cricket

It isn't fair, sportsmanlike, or legitimate. I know you want to avoid confrontation, but it's not cricket to break up with someone by text message. I don't see why you think it's not cricket—everyone else does it all the time.
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not cricket

Unfair, unsportsmanlike, as in It's not cricket to let him go without notice. This term, in which the sport of cricket is equated with upright behavior, survives in America despite the relative unfamiliarity of the sport there. [Mid-1800s]
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not cricket

contrary to traditional standards of fairness or rectitude. British informal
The game of cricket, with its traditional regard for courtesy and fair play, has been a metaphor for these qualities since at least the mid 19th century.
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not cricket

mod. unfair; illegitimate; unorthodox. (See affirmative examples at cricket.) What do you mean it’s not cricket? You do it.
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It's really difficult at the moment because it's rained so much and there's not cricket being played, but hopefully we'll get some good weather at the end of the month to get the game on.
Tyne and Wear's only female MP says it's just not cricket for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to attempt to thwart media companies providing over-by-over text commentary of the Cricket World Cup.
I want to stress that this has absolutely nothing to do with the issues relating to my role as national coach and is not cricket related in any way.
It's not cricket," said Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Football Supporters Federation.
It's banter, that's all, and without it it's just not cricket.
The shocked tournament director considered it just not cricket and duly sin-binned the portly one for five minutes.
It is very humorous and will appeal to everyone - but it's not cricket.
DICKIE Bird's statue has been removed after officials decided pranksters constantly defacing it was just not cricket.