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But of course it will be only fair to sis to lay the matter before her just as it is.

And what are your intentions with regard to this fair captive?

“Fair and softly,” said the printer with something of a smile.

Prehistoric man, as I just told you, was on a fair way to progress.

By half-past nine on the morning of the 18th we had made a fair start.

Mr. Gladstone was again elected by a fair majority and returned to Parliament.

His early vow to ruin as many of the fair sex as he can get into his power.

It is all fair: because you have not acknowledged to me that little.

Did you ask him would he stop Bartley going this day with the horses to the Galway fair?

For days a cloud hung over the fair image of Hester in his mind.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English fæger "beautiful, lovely, pleasant," from Proto-Germanic *fagraz (cf. Old Saxon fagar, Old Norse fagr, Old High German fagar "beautiful," Gothic fagrs "fit"), perhaps from PIE *pek- "to make pretty" (cf. Lithuanian puošiu "I decorate").

The meaning in reference to weather (c.1200) preserves the original sense (opposed to foul). Sense of "light-complexioned" (1550s) reflects tastes in beauty; sense of "free from bias" (mid-14c.) evolved from another early meaning, "morally pure, unblemished" (late 12c.). The sporting senses (fair ball, fair catch etc.) began in 1856. Fair play is from 1590s; fair and square is from c.1600. Fair-haired in the figurative sense of "darling, favorite" is from 1909. First record of fair-weather friends is from 1736.

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