play straight

play straight

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?
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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.
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Achrekar Sir taught me to play straight - on the field and in life.
"I would expect him to be fit enough to play straight away and train straight away."
Badlan "I think Michael can come in and play straight away in League One but you have got to give the lad three or four months to settle in.
In his book Pakistan: a Hard Country, Anatol Leiven puts it clearly by saying: 'Economic sanctions are not really a credible threat, because the economic collapse of Pakistan would play straight into the hands of the Taliban and Al Qaeda.'
While giving advice to Prime Minister Imran Khan he said, 'the prime minister should select a good team and then play straight. He should remember that government runs through understandings not by force.'
"[These strategies] polarise, strengthen and play straight into the narrative of violent extremist groups whose intentions are to place communities at loggerheads with security agencies."
We have to play straight and keep on hard working, as without applying, one can't get desired results.
"If you look at last year we brought Jem Karacan in around this time and he didn't play straight away," said Parkinson before today's game at Norwich.
I was kind of hard for me to play straight up, so I guess that was their game plan, getting me in foul trouble.
He said: "Any game you play straight after a defeat like that becomes more crucial because you must get back to winning ways.
TOWN'S new loan signing Elliott Ward says he is itching to "play straight away" with the crunch trip to Cardiff City just 48 hours away.
"Ideally, we would like him straight away because I feel he is good enough to play straight away, because he is a really talented player.
"He is such a fine organiser, he would get the tactics I wanted to play straight away.
Carol Cullington, who has written for Brookside, Eastenders and BBC drama Accused, penned play Straight Up after the death of 17-year-old Kelsey Shaw, from Speke, who was strangled to death by her boyfriend Callum Willcocks in April last year.
Sean Hayes presented the Vanguard Award to Emmy and Tony Award-winning entertainer Kristin Chenoweth, who had publicly challenged a Newsweek article that wrongly asserted gay actors cannot play straight roles.