Gentleman's Agreement

I’m always trying to improve my vocabulary, so I love Word of the Day. This is a particularly good one, in my humble opinion:

gentleman’s agreement

PRONUNCIATION:

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.

I love a good gentleman’s agreement:)

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