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play fair

To act, behave, or play fairly and justly; to observe the rules or the laws; to not cheat or betray the spirit of something. Often used in negative formations. If you don't play fair, no one is going to want to play games with you anymore! The watchdog accused the giant multinational corporation of not playing fair with its tax obligations. Everyone I know cheats the system to their advantage, so why should I have to be the one to play fair?
See also: fair, play

play fair

to do something by the rules; to play something in a fair and just manner. John won't play with Bill anymore because Bill doesn't play fair. You moved the golf ball with your foot! That's not playing fair!
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play fair

Behave honestly and honorably, obey the rules, as in Not every supplier we deal with plays fair, or We can't just leave them to find their own way back-that's not playing fair. Although this idiom conjures up playing by the rules in some game or sport, it actually has been used in this figurative way since the mid-1400s. Also see play the game.
See also: fair, play

play fair

observe principles of justice; avoid cheating.
See also: fair, play

play ˈfair/ˈstraight (with somebody)

act honestly and fairly: I don’t think it’s playing fair to blame her for other people’s mistakes.
See also: fair, play, straight
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"The ability to insert more than $1.5 billion per year into these economies should be reason enough to play fair, regardless of the other inherent dangers pirated software brings to a business," said David Finn, associate general counsel for worldwide anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting at Microsoft."Pirated and counterfeit software is lining the pockets of dangerous criminals.
Play Fair researchers also found that wages for sportswear workers are still well below a local living wage.
They were interested, and we suggested Play Fair, a community structure that promotes inclusion and noncompetitive play.
The "Fair Play Fair Pay Act" seeks tocreate "a modern and uniform system of rules governing music licensing for digital and terrestrial radio broadcasts."
He stressed to the captains the importance of their teams playing according to the MCC Spirit of Cricket -- Play hard, Play fair.
William told a pre-match dinner: "What is so important about these Respect and Fair Play Awards is that they acknowledge and reward those who play fair and encourage fair play - true sportsmen and women.
That is not what we bargained for when we voted Yes to the Common Market, our own elected representatives being powerless to play fair with us when disaster strikes.
Dave Fisher, managing director of Mercia, said: "Obviously it is really important we are honest with our listeners, and they can trust us to play fair."
Come on lads, this is our six-round Classic with an expected entry of 170-plus and quality-wise the best there is on offer' if you want to play on the event, at least play fair and lay a bet.
AN Aussie sporting icon once said: "Play hard, play fair and never take a backward step."
POST office staff in Coventry are calling on MPs to force the government to "play fair" over changes in benefit payments.
I am opposed to tariffs in general, but I must admit if the countries don't play fair, there are not many options.
It's time for the Amazons, Googles and Facebooks of the world to play fair and fund services.
Nadler writes in support of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act which he co-wrote with Tennessee Republican Rep.