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- adv. Totally fairly and undoubtedly.
- adv. Within the applicable rules.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The sutures of the jaws of the fish enable it to accommodate its grip to the various sizes of limpets, and to take a fair and square hold, while the lower jaw seems to act as a fulcrum when the leverage is applied.
He’s Prescott Williams’s chief troubleshooter, but rumour has it that when the old man retires or kicks the bucket, the whole kit-and-caboodle will land fair and square in his lap,’ her informant supplied obligingly.
At last he dropped asleep in the middle of a story about a vestry he worked for that hadn't acted fair and square by him like he had by them, or it (I don't know if vestry is singular or plural), and we went home.
But before resuming her chair Miss Silver drew it back into line with the couch in such a manner as to command a view of Miss Comperton in the armchair on the right of the fire, Mr. Frith now standing fair and square in the middle of the hearth-rug with the Times held out at arm’s length before him, and Rachel Treherne leaning back in the armchair on the left.
I want everything to be fair and square between us, Meghann, so I’m telling you now how things are going to be.”