fair play’s a jewel

1809 W. IRVING Hist. New York II. VI. vii. The furious Risingh, in despight of that noble maxim..that ‘fair play is a jewel’, hastened to take advantage of the hero’s fall.

1823 J. F. COOPER Pioneers II. v. Well, fair play’s a jewel. But I’ve got the lead of you, old fellow.

1935 E. F. BENSON Lucia’s Progress viii. There’s been a lil’ mistake... I want my lil’ rubber of Bridge. Fair play’s a jewel.

1948 L. A. G. STRONG Trevannion iv. ‘It ain’t good to win crooked.’ ‘Good for you, Stan. I agree. Fair play’s a jewel.’

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