정정당당(正正堂堂) – Korean 4 Character Idioms #29

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In games or competitions, we should be fair and square. Fair and square is 정정당당 in Korean.

There is a word called 정당 meaning right, lawful. 정정당당 emphasizes the word, 정당. 정 means right, 당 means confident. If you have done something right, then you are confident because you did nothing wrong, so 정당 got such meaning and the emphasized version, 정정당당, got the meaning, fair and square. It is used a lot in games or competitions.

Examples

정정당당히 승부를 내자.
Let's finish this fair and square.

적이 수단과 방법을 가리지 않는다고 해도 우리는 정정당당히 게임에 임할 것이다. 그리고 승리할 것이다.
Even though our opponent tries to win by fair means or foul, but we will do fair and square and we will win.

정정당당하게 승부해 얻어낸 결과가 아닌 것을 너 스스로 알면서 뭐가 좋다고 그렇게 자랑스러워하느냐?
You know that the result doesn't come from the fair and square competition. Why are you proud of that?