Fair and square

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 with courtesy and frankness. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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

  • fair and square — If someone does something fair and square, they do it correctly, following any rules or laws …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • fair and square — ► fair and square 1) with absolute accuracy. 2) honestly and straightforwardly. Main Entry: ↑fair …   English terms dictionary

  • fair and square —    If someone wins something fair and square, they follow the rules and win conclusively.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If something is obtained or won fair and square, it is done in an honest and open manner, the rules are respected… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • fair and square — 1. in an honest way and without any doubt. We won the match fair and square. (British & Australian) 2. if you hit someone fair and square on a particular part of their body, you hit them hard exactly on that part. She hit me fair and square on… …   New idioms dictionary

  • fair-and-square — adjective just and honest • Similar to: ↑fair, ↑just * * * fairˈ and squareˈ adjective Honest (also adverb) • • • Main Entry: ↑fair …   Useful english dictionary

  • fair and square — in a way that is clear and fair, so that no one can complain or disagree She had to admit she d been defeated fair and square …   English dictionary

  • fair and square — adverb a) Totally fairly and undoubtedly. We won the game fair and square b) Within the applicable rules …   Wiktionary

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