turn about is fair play

turn about is fair play

1755 Life of Captain Dudley Bradstreet 338 Hitherto honest Men were kept from shuffling the Cards, because they would cast knaves out from the Company of Kings, but we would make them know, Turn about was fair Play.

1854 SURTEES Handley Cross xviii. ‘Turn about is fair play,’ as the devil said to the smoke-jack [an apparatus for turning a roasting spit].

1986 J. SMITH Tourist Trap xi. ‘And if you hear anything about Les, you’ll let me know, won’t you?’ ‘I’ll be glad to. But turnabout’s fair play—if you hear something, will you let me know\?’

2002 Washington Times 10 Apr. A16 And let’s not forget: Turnabout is fair play. If we let the IRS impose U.S. tax laws on foreign banks, what’s to stop foreign tax collectors from seeking to impose their laws on U.S. banks?


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  • turn about is fair play — you get what you give, what goes around...    If you give pain you ll feel pain. Turn about is fair play …   English idioms

  • turn·about — /ˈtɚnəˌbaʊt/ noun, pl abouts [count] : ↑turnaround 2 usually singular; often + in There was a sharp turnabout in oil prices. a turnabout in the country s foreign policy turnabout is fair play US …   Useful english dictionary

  • fair — see fair and softly goes far in a day all’s fair in love and war fair play’s a jewel none but the brave deserve the fair a fair exchange is no robbery faint heart never won fair lady …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • play — noun see fair play’s a jewel give and take is fair play turn about is fair play all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy verb see those who play at bowls must look out for rubbers …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • play — See: ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY, DOUBLE PLAY, FAIR PLAY, FORCE PLAY, GAME AT WHICH TWO CAN PLAY, MAKE A PLAY FOR, TURN ABOUT IS FAIR PLAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play — See: ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY, DOUBLE PLAY, FAIR PLAY, FORCE PLAY, GAME AT WHICH TWO CAN PLAY, MAKE A PLAY FOR, TURN ABOUT IS FAIR PLAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play — See: all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, double play, fair play, force play, game at which two can play, make a play for, turn about is fair play …   Словарь американских идиом

  • about — /euh bowt /, prep. 1. of; concerning; in regard to: instructions about the work; a book about the Civil War. 2. connected or associated with: There was an air of mystery about him. 3. near; close to: a man about my height; about six o clock. 4.… …   Universalium

  • about — a•bout [[t]əˈbaʊt[/t]] prep. 1) concerning; on the subject of; in regard to: a book about the Civil War[/ex] 2) connected or associated with: an air of mystery about him[/ex] 3) near; close to: about my height; about six o clock[/ex] 4) in or… …   From formal English to slang

  • about — /əˈbaʊt / (say uh bowt) preposition 1. of; concerning; in regard to: to talk about secrets. 2. connected with: instructions about the work. 3. somewhere near or in: she is about the house. 4. near; close to: about my height. 5. on every side of;… …  

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