fair go

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fair go

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, informal) Used in protest to implore or demand that someone act with more fairness or reason, or desist in something considered outrageous.
    Fair go mum! Let me go to the party tonight!
    • 2010, Colin McLaren, Sunflower: A Tale of Love, War and Intrigue[1], page 62:
      Fair go, mate,’ protested Al, as the man dropped to his knees and attempted to pull the sturdy army-issue boots from the private′s feet.
      George, catching on, directed Al′s gaze to a row of neatly stacked shoes and Aloysius begrudgingly relented.

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fair go (plural fair gos)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, informal) A reasonable or equitable opportunity to attempt something.
    He said he wanted a fair go to apply for the scholarship.
    • 1944, Australian Parliament, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard): House of Representatives, volume 266, page 32254:
      But for this government to load up funding to the wealthiest schools in this country is anathema to the great Aussie notion of a fair go for all.
    • 1976, Laurie Oakes, Crash Through or Crash: The Unmaking of a Prime Minister[2], page 241:
      ‘We have heard about a fair go for Labor,’ Fraser told the crowd in his peroration. ‘A fair go for the most hopeless Government in our history? A fair go for the party that created the first depression for forty years? []
    • 1983, Australian Parliament, House of Representatives Weekly Hansard, Issues 4-5, page 2677,
      The people of the Northern Territory do not want any special deals. They are not looking for privilege or preferential treatment. All they are after is a good old-fashioned fair go.
    • 2002, Francis Gordon Clarke, The History of Australia[3], page 186:
      The traditional ethic of the fair go was resurrected, the light on the hill reignited, and the government promised that those currently unemployed would not be left to stagnate.