fair1 W2S1 [feə US fer] adj
1¦(reasonable and acceptable)¦
2¦(treating everyone equally)¦
3¦(quite large)¦
5¦(according to the rules)¦
6¦(level of ability)¦
8 have had more than your fair share of something
9 give somebody a fair crack of the whip
10 give somebody/get a fair shake
11 by fair means or foul
12 all's fair in love and war
14 fair enough
15 to be fair
16 be fair!
17 fair's fair
18 fair comment
19 you can't say fairer than that
20 it's a fair cop
21 with your own fair hands
[: Old English; Origin: fAger 'beautiful']
a fair situation, system, way of treating people, or judgment seems reasonable, acceptable, and right
≠ ↑unfair
All we are asking for is a fair wage.
£150 is a fair price.
fair trial/hearing
the right to a fair trial
What do you think is the fairest solution?
The report is a fair summary of the issues facing us.
it is fair to do sth
It seems fair to give them a second chance.
it's only fair (that)
(=used to say that it is right to do something)
It's only fair that we tell him what's happening.
it's fair to say (that)
(=used when you think what you are saying is correct or reasonable)
I think it's fair to say that by then he had lost the support of most of his staff.
it's not fair on sb
I can't carry on working such long hours. It's not fair on my family.
treating everyone in a way that is right or equal
≠ ↑unfair
Why does Eric get to go and I don't? It's not fair !
Life isn't always fair.
fair to
The old law wasn't fair to women.
it's only fair (that)
You pay him $10 an hour - it's only fair that I should get the same.
My boss expects a lot - but he's very fair.
a fair size/amount/number/bit/distance etc
especially BrE quite a large size, number etc
I've still got a fair amount of work left to do.
We had travelled a fair way (=quite a long distance) by lunch time.
there's a fair chance (that)/of sth
(=it is quite likely that something will happen)
There's a fair chance we'll be coming over to England this summer.
4.) ¦(HAIR/SKIN)¦
someone who is fair, or who has fair hair or skin, has hair or skin that is very light in colour
≠ ↑dark
a fair fight, game, or election is one that is played or done according to the rules
≠ ↑unfair
neither particularly good nor particularly bad
= ↑average
Her written work is excellent but her practical work is only fair.
7.) ¦(WEATHER)¦
weather that is fair is pleasant and not windy, rainy etc
= ↑fine
It should be generally fair and warm for the next few days.
8.) have had more than your fair share of sth
to have had more of something, especially something unpleasant, than seems reasonable
Poor old Alan! He's had more than his fair share of bad luck recently.
9.) give sb a fair crack of the whip
BrE informal to give someone the opportunity to do something, especially so that they can show that they are able to do it
10.) give sb/get a fair shake
AmE informal to treat someone, or to be treated, in a way that gives everyone the same chances as everyone else
Women don't always get a fair shake in business.
11.) by fair means or foul
using any method to get what you want, including dishonest or illegal methods
12.) all's fair in love and war
used to say that in some situations any method of getting what you want is acceptable
old use or literary pleasant and attractive
a fair maiden
14.) spoken fair enough
especially BrE used to say that you agree with someone's suggestion or that something seems reasonable
= ↑OK
'I think we should split the bill.' 'Fair enough.'
15.) spoken to be fair
used when adding something after someone has been criticized, which helps to explain or excuse what they did
= ↑in fairness
She should have phoned to tell us what her plans were although, to be fair, she's been very busy.
16.) spoken be fair!
especially BrE used to tell someone not to be unreasonable or criticize someone too much
Now Pat, be fair, the poor girl's trying her hardest!
17.) spoken fair's fair
used when you think it is fair that someone should do something, especially because of something that has happened earlier
Come on, fair's fair - I paid last time so it's your turn.
18.) spoken fair comment
BrE used to say that a remark or criticism seems reasonable
19.) spoken you can't say fairer than that
BrE used to say that an offer you are making to someone is the best and fairest offer they can possibly get
I'll give you £25 for it - you can't say fairer than that, can you?
20.) spoken it's a fair cop
BrE used humorously to admit that you should not be doing something that someone has caught you doing
21.) spoken with your own fair hands
BrE if you do something with your own fair hands, you do it yourself without any help - used humorously
have a fair idea of sth atidea
fair 2
fair2 n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: feire, from Latin feriae 'holidays']
1.) also funfair BrE
a form of outdoor entertainment, at which there are large machines to ride on and games in which you can win prizes
American Equivalent: carnival
2.) AmE an outdoor event, at which there are large machines to ride on, games to play, and sometimes farm animals being judged and sold
state/county fair
3.) book/antiques/craft/trade etc fair
an event at which people or businesses show and sell their products
the Frankfurt Book Fair
an antiques fair
a trade fair (=where companies show their newest products)
a craft fair (=where people sell handmade products such as jewellery, paintings etc)
4.) job/careers fair
an event where people go to get information about different kinds of jobs
5.) BrE an outdoor event with games and things to eat and drink, usually organized to get money for a school, club etc
= ↑fête
6.) BrE old-fashioned a market where animals and farm products are sold
a horse fair
fair 3
fair3 W3S2 adv
1.) win (sth)/beat sb fair and square
to win a competition, sports match etc honestly and without cheating
2.) play fair
to do something in a fair and honest way
In international trade, very few countries play fair.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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