gentlemen's agreement

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gentlemen's agreement a personal agreement based on honor and not legally binding
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gentlemen's agreement An agreement binding only as a matter of honor; often, specif., such an agreement among the heads of industrial or merchantile enterprises, the terms of which could not be included and enforced in a legal contract.
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Usage

In literature:

We have deals together, dependent upon gentlemen's agreements, without a word of writing.
"The Voice on the Wire" by Eustace Hale Ball
Millions made by Gentlemen's Agreement.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
It looked as if the bankers had entered into a gentlemen's agreement to make it unanimous.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
There was no pool, no "gentlemen's agreement," no "community of interest.
"The Romance of the Reaper" by Herbert Newton Casson
Why should there be a 'gentlemen's agreement' to exclude your father?
"The King of Arcadia" by Francis Lynde
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In news:

Since 1989, Japanese automakers have all endorsed—at least on paper—a kind of gentlemen's agreement that limited their advertised horsepower to 276 on domestically produced vehicles.
It was late 1949, and director Elia Kazan -- already with an Oscar tucked in his back pocket for the 1947 drama "Gentlemen's Agreement" -- was toying with what was then something of a novel idea.
Apparently, the strippers at the On The Border gentlemen's club in Franklin, Wisconsin don't always honor a gentleman's agreement.
Apparently, the strippers at the On The Border gentlemen's club in Franklin, Wisconsin don't always honor honor a gentleman's agreement.
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