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square deal

A fair, honest transaction, deal, or arrangement. The president said he will pull out of trade deal talks until he feels sure we are getting a square deal. We aren't looking to be paid or treated better than our peers—we just want a square deal. $300 for that crappy old computer? That doesn't sound like a square deal to me, dude.
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square deal

a fair and honest transaction; fair treatment. All the workers want is a square deal, but their boss underpays them. You always get a square deal with that travel company.
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square deal

A just, equitable arrangement or transaction, as in I know I'll get a square deal if I work with that supplier. This idiom uses square in the sense of "fair" or "honest," a usage dating from the 1300s. [Late 1800s]
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a square deal

a fair bargain or treatment.
Square here has the sense of ‘honest’, which as an adjective was associated originally with honourable play at cards. See also on the square (at square).
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square deal, a

A fair and honest arrangement. Although square has been used to mean “equitable” since the fourteenth century, this expression became well known only in the early twentieth century, when Theodore Roosevelt made it the platform of his presidential campaign. “If elected, I shall see to it that every man has a square deal, no less and no more,” he said (Nov. 4, 1904).
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So, farmers and shoppers now all get a square deal. Or rather a bendy one.
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If that's true, Zero implicates himself when he bemoans, "I ain't never had a square deal."
And the Square Deal, his economic agenda, can be seen as an effort to protect the defenseless from the bullies of capitalism-monopolists, inhumane employers, stock waterers, grabbers of public lands.
Foster complained in a letter to the Home Secretary in 1933 of receiving "not what could be called a square deal" when accused of tampering with locks.
While his life was full of contradictions and bluster, ambition and an inability to see his own limits, he was one of the most important presidents because of his innovations in many different areas, including federal monitoring of the economy and his "Square Deal," which led to Roosevelt's "New Deal." Criticized at different times by all parts of the political spectrum, Theodore Roosevelt's legacy will not be forgotten.
"I stand for the square deal," said Roosevelt in his 1910 speech known as "The New Nationalism." "When I say that I am for a square deal, I mean not merely that I stand for fair play under the present rules of the game, but that I stand for having those rules changed so as to work for a more substantial equality of opportunity and of reward for equally good service."
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He was eager to improve the lot of poor white citizens, as the "Square Deal" legislation he sponsored demonstrated, but failed to overcome congressional opposition to some of the changes he sought.