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It's just not cricket

A cricket ball hitting stumps

A cricket ball hits the stumps, knocking off the bails.

Today's Phrase

The phrase "it's just not cricket" is used in English to say that something is unfair or dishonest.

Examples:

I can't believe you got a ticket for the party and I didn't. It's just not cricket.

You can't copy your essay from the internet! It's just not cricket.

Diana admitted that she cheated in her A Level exams to get a place in a top university. It's just not cricket.

Take note

Another way of saying that something is unfair or unacceptable is "it's just not on."

Example:

Peter calls in sick every Monday – it's just not on.

Interesting fact

The Indian Premier League is a professional league for Twenty20 cricket, a shorter form of the game which consists of only 20 overs. Nine teams take part in the league, with players from all over the world.

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