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fair shake

Just treatment; a fair chance (to do something). When Tara negotiated with the salesman for a new car, she was afraid she wasn't getting a fair shake because she was a woman. I'm not asking for special treatment, just give me a fair shake at the tryouts.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*fair shake

an instance of fair treatment. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) He's unpleasant, but we have to give him a fair shake. He got a fair shake from us. Don't worry!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fair shake, a

An equitable bargain or opportunity, as in You can always count on the boss to give his crew a fair shake. This expression probably alludes to the shaking of dice. [Colloquial; early 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a fair ˈshake

(American English, informal) a fair chance or fair treatment: This new pay deal means a fair shake for all the workers.
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fair shake

n. a fair chance. (From shaking dice.) I want to give you both a fair shake.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

fair shake, a

An equitable opportunity or treatment. An Americanism dating from the early nineteenth century, the term probably alludes to the shaking of dice, but was soon transferred. An 1830 issue of the Central Watchtower and Farmer’s Journal, a Kentucky publication, had it, “Any way that will be a fair shake.”
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