fair and square


fair and square
decently, fairly, impartially, justly, equally

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • fair and square — Square Square (skw[^a]r), n. [OF. esquarre, esquierre, F. [ e]querre a carpenter s square (cf. It. squadra), fr. (assumed) LL. exquadrare to make square; L. ex + quadrus a square, fr. quattuor four. See {Four}, and cf. {Quadrant}, {Squad},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fair-and-square — adj. fair and honest; just. Opposite of {unfair}. [Colloq.] Syn: honest. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fair and square — Fair Fair, adv. Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably. [1913 Webster] {Fair and square}, justly; honestly; equitably; impartially. [Colloq.] {To bid fair}. See under {Bid}. {To speak fair}, to address… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fair and square — adv. justly; honestly; equitably; impartially. Opposite of {unfairly}. [Colloq.] [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fair and square — {adv. phr.}, {informal} Without cheating; honestly. * /He won the game fair and square./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fair and square — {adv. phr.}, {informal} Without cheating; honestly. * /He won the game fair and square./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Square — (skw[^a]r), n. [OF. esquarre, esquierre, F. [ e]querre a carpenter s square (cf. It. squadra), fr. (assumed) LL. exquadrare to make square; L. ex + quadrus a square, fr. quattuor four. See {Four}, and cf. {Quadrant}, {Squad}, {Squire} a square.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fair — Fair, adv. Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably. [1913 Webster] {Fair and square}, justly; honestly; equitably; impartially. [Colloq.] {To bid fair}. See under {Bid}. {To speak fair}, to address with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Square (slang) — pp semi protected|small=yesSquare used as slang may mean many things when referring to a person, or it may refer to a cigarette.The term square , in referring to a person, originally meant someone who was honest, traditional, and loyal. An… …   Wikipedia

  • square — See: FAIR AND SQUARE, SHOOT STRAIGHT or SHOOT SQUARE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • square — See: FAIR AND SQUARE, SHOOT STRAIGHT or SHOOT SQUARE …   Dictionary of American idioms


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