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Fair play

Posted by Henry on March 23, 2004

In Reply to: Do u really know everything? let's put u to the test! posted by ioany on March 23, 2004

: what does "turnabout is fair play" mean?
: thanks in advance!

Turn and turn about means by equal alternating periods of service or duty; by turns. To take equal turns would be a fair solution.

"We were busy cutting out paper dolls; but we soon wearied of this amusement, and after cutting up our shoestrings and clipping all the leaves off the honeysuckle that were within reach, I turned my attention to Martha's corkscrews. She objected at first, but finally submitted. Thinking that turn and turn about is fair play, she seized the scissors and cut off one of my curls, and would have cut them all off but for my mother's timely interference."
Story of My Life by Helen Keller