fair1 /feə $ fer/ ●●● S1 W2 adjectiveadj → fare 1 reasonable and acceptable 合理并可接受的FAIR a fair situation, system, way of treating people, or judgment seems reasonable, acceptable, and right 适当的，合理的 OPP unfair All we are asking for is a fair wage.
£150 is a fair price.
fair trial/hearing the right to a fair trial
What do you think is the fairest solution?
The report is a fair summary of the issues facing us.
it is fair to do something It seems fair to give them a second chance.
it’s only fair (that) (=used to say that it is right to do something) …才合理 It’s only fair that we tell him what’s happening.
it’s fair to say (that) (=used when you think what you are saying is correct or reasonable) 恰当地说 It’s fair to say that by then he had lost the support of his staff.
it’s not fair on somebody I can’t carry on working such long hours. It’s not fair on my family.
2 treating everyone equally 一视同仁FAIR treating everyone in a way that is right or equal 公正的，公平的 OPP unfair Why does Eric get to go and I don’t? It’s not fair!
Life isn’t always fair.
fair to The old law wasn’t fair to women.
it’s only fair (that) …才合理 You pay him $10 an hour – it’s only fair that I should get the same.
My boss expects a lot – but he’s very fair.
3 QUITE LARGE 很大的a fair size/amount/number/bit/distance etc especially British EnglishBrEBIG quite a large size, number etc 很大/很多/很远等 I’ve still got a fair amount of work left to do.
We had travelled a fair way (=quite a long distance) by lunch time.
there’s a fair chance (that)/of something (=it is quite likely that something will happen) 某事发生的可能性很大 There’s a fair chance we’ll be coming over to England this summer.
4. hair/skin 头发/皮肤COLOUR/COLOR someone who is fair, or who has fair hair or skin, has hair or skin that is very light in colour 浅色的；白皙的 OPP dark 5. according to the rules 根据规则RIGHT/JUSTIFIED a fair fight, game, or election is one that is played or done according to the rules 〔拳击、比赛、选举〕公平的，根据规则进行的 OPP unfair 6 level of ability 能力水平ORDINARY neither particularly good nor particularly bad 中等的，普通的 SYN average Her written work is excellent but her practical work is only fair.
7 weather 天气DN weather that is fair is pleasant and not windy, rainy etc 晴朗的 SYN fine It should be generally fair and warm for the next few days.
8 have had more than your fair share of something MORE THAN something OR somebody ELSEto have had more of something, especially something unpleasant, than seems reasonable 遇到某事太多了〔尤指不愉快之事〕 Poor old Alan! He’s had more than his fair share of bad luck recently.
have had more than your fair share of something• Tim's had more than his fair share of bad luck this year. 9. give somebody a fair crack of the whip British EnglishBrE informalFAIR to give someone the opportunity to do something, especially so that they can show that they are able to do it 给某人一个机会〔尤为了让他们证明有能力〕 10 give somebody/get a fair shake American EnglishAmE informalFAIR to treat someone, or to be treated, in a way that gives everyone the same chances as everyone else 给某人/获得公平的待遇[均等的机会] Women don’t always get a fair shake in business.
give somebody/get a fair shake• Q.. Do you think the press has given you a fair shake? 11. by fair means or foul DETERMINEDusing any method to get what you want, including dishonest or illegal methods 不择手段，千方百计 12. all’s fair in love and war RIGHT/PROPERused to say that in some situations any method of getting what you want is acceptable 情场和战场，两者皆不厌诈〔指在某些情况下可以为达到目的而不择手段〕
all’s fair in love and war• Ah, come on; all's fair in love and war, Cameron.
13 pleasant/attractive 悦人的/吸引人的 old use or literaryNICEBEAUTIFUL/GOOD-LOOKING pleasant and attractive 漂亮的，迷人的 14 fair enough especially British EnglishBrE used to say that you agree with someone’s suggestion or that something seems reasonable 说得对，有道理 SYN OK ‘I think we should split the bill.’ ‘Fair enough.’
fair enough• "I'll trade you my tennis racket for your skates." "Okay, fair enough."• But, you know, that's fair enough.• Cuntonas rating is also fair enough.• If it's in your blood, your ancestry, then I think that is fair enough.• Its results can be fair enough.• This is fair enough, but do check before you buy.• Which was fair enough comment at the time.• And the price you paid seems to be fair enough - even taking the bad news into account.• However, it seemed fair enough to start the climb in the hope of an improvement. 15 to be fair used when adding something after someone has been criticized, which helps to explain or excuse what they did 说句公道话 SYN in fairness She should have phoned to tell us what her plans were although, to be fair, she’s been very busy.
to be fair• This means not only that those procedures are seen and felt to be fair.• To be fair, art was only the start of my problems.• Now I want to be fair, even with the bankers, for they are pretty touchy now.• He's not playing very well but, to be fair, he did have a pretty serious injury.• To be fair, not all the credit for this belongs to Labour.• But, to be fair to myself, she could, at times, become a bona fide drone.• They should not try to be fair to other countries.• But at the same time, to be fair, we had a choice. 16 be fair! especially British EnglishBrE used to tell someone not to be unreasonable or criticize someone too much 要公道些！ Now Pat, be fair, the poor girl’s trying her hardest!
17 fair’s fair used when you think it is fair that someone should do something, especially because of something that has happened earlier 应当公道才是，大家应该公平 Come on, fair’s fair – I paid last time so it’s your turn.
fair’s fair• Come on, fair's fair - I paid last time, so it's your turn.• Come on, fair's fair. It's your turn to mind the kids. 19 you can’t say fairer than that British EnglishBrE used to say that an offer you are making to someone is the best and fairest offer they can possibly get 这是再公道不过了，无法比这再合理了 I’ll give you £25 for it – you can’t say fairer than that, can you?
20. it’s a fair cop British EnglishBrE used humorously to admit that you should not be doing something that someone has caught you doing 这是罪有应得，活该被抓个正着〔幽默说法，表示承认不应该做某事〕
it’s a fair cop• And criminals are warned that from then, they won't even have time to tell police it's a fair cop.• It's a fair cop - honest, officer!• Do you want me to say that it's a fair cop or something?
21. with your own fair hands British EnglishBrE if you do something with your own fair hands, you do it yourself without any help – used humorously 用自己的双手，亲自〔幽默用法〕 → have a fair idea of something at idea THESAURUS fair treating people equally or in the way that is right 公平的，公正的 It’s not fair that she gets paid more than me.
Everyone has the right to a fair trial.
just formal morally right and fair 公正的，正义的 Do you think it was a just war?
reasonable fair and sensible according to most people’s standards 正当的，合理的 a reasonable request
Lateness, without a reasonable excuse, will not be tolerated.
balanced giving fair and equal treatment to all sides of an argument or subject 全面公正的 Balanced reporting of the news is essential.
even-handed giving fair and equal treatment to everyone, especially when it would be easy to favour one particular group 不偏不倚的 The drama takes an even-handed look at the consequences of violent crime, both on attackers and their victims.
nThe film is even-handed and does not try to make you support either side.
equitable /ˈekwətəbəl/ formal giving equal treatment to everyone involved 公平的 We need an equitable solution to this problem.
a more equitable distribution of wealth