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Idiom of the week- a level playing field

Posted by englishlessons on February 29, 2012

Definition:

An environment in which everyone must follow the same rules and is given an equal ability to compete.

Examples:

We believe there ought to be a level playing field for everyone. This may require changing some laws, which give some companies an unfair advantage.

Before entering that international market, we need to make sure that there’s a level playing field.

Usage note:


The word “level” can also be used as a verb in another version of this idiom.

For example, “They leveled the playing field by changing the business requirements, so that they were aligned with the trade agreement.”

Picture it:

If sports teams are competing on a field that is not level or flat, one side may have the advantage in the competition.

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