Definition of fair adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//feə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//fer//
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  • according to the rules; in a way that is considered to be acceptable and appropriate Come on, you two, fight fair! They'll respect you as long as you play fair (= behave honestly).
  • Word Originadverb Old English fæger ‘pleasing, attractive’, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German fagar.Idioms
      fair and square, fairly and squarely
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    1. 1honestly and according to the rules We won the election fair and square.
    2. 2(British English) in a direct way that is easy to understand I told him fair and square to pack his bags.
    3. 3(British English) exactly in the place you were aiming for I hit the target fair and square. More Like This Rhyming pairs in idioms doom and gloom, fair and square, high and dry, huff and puff, name and shame, slice and dice, thrills and spills, wear and tear, wheel and deal, wine and dineSee worksheet.
    set fair (to do something/for something)
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    (British English) having the necessary qualities or conditions to succeed She seems set fair to win the championship. Conditions were set fair for stable economic development.
    you can’t say fairer (than that)
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    (British English, informal) used to say that you think the offer you are making is reasonable or generous Look, I'll give you £100 for it. I can't say fairer than that.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fair