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Everything is fair in love, war and business. How did this phrase originate?

Question #74796. Asked by armindasantana.

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All's fair in love and war
Any conduct is permissible in certain circumstances, as in Of course he called her--all's fair in love and war. This maxim, stated in various forms from 1579 on, today sometimes appears altered by an addition or substitution, as in All's fair in love and the World Series, or All's fair in love and war and an election year.

Jan 21 2007, 4:56 PM
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"The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war."

John Lyly, "Euphues", 1578.


Jan 21 2007, 7:29 PM
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