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Fair and Square : Phrases



Meaning:

Honest and straightforward, especially of business dealings.


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Origin:

In the 16th century 'square' meant 'fair and honest' so 'fair and square' is tautological.

George Puttenham used that meaning of square in The arte of English poesie, 1589:

"[Aristotle] termeth a constant minded man - a square man."

Francis Bacon's essay Of Prophecies, 1604 is the first known use of 'fair and square':

"Faire, and square. The gamester calls fooles holy-day."







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