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Dec 16, 2014
This week's theme
Terms with apostrophes

This week's words
dog's chance
gentleman's agreement
cat's cradle
who's who
lion's share

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gentleman's agreement

PRONUNCIATION:
(JEN-tl-manz uh-GREE-muhnt)

MEANING:
noun: An agreement that's based on honor and not legally binding.

ETYMOLOGY:
From the idea that a gentleman (a civilized man of good standing) will honor an agreement he has entered. Earliest documented use: 1821.

USAGE:
"[The teams] are under no requirement to exchange films with a non-conference team. It is simply a gentleman's agreement when they do."
Jorge Arangure, Jr.; Playing Detective in Finding Films of Opponents; The New York Times; Sep 4, 2013.

See more usage examples of gentleman's agreement in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman. -George Santayana, philosopher (1863-1952)

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