to be fair (to someone or something)

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to be fair (to someone or something)

An expression used to justify or defend someone or something. To be fair, I did try to warn her about the implications of a deal like that, but I still should have done more to stop it from happening. I know his remarks are controversial, but, to be fair to him, they're grounded in pretty concrete scientific evidence. These headphones are really comfortable and well made, to be fair. They just don't have the bass levels I'm looking for.
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