expressions · idiom

Instant Proverb: All’s _________ in love and war

All’s _________ in love and war – Anything goes in extreme situations or special circumstances (such as love or war). This means that you are allowed to cheat or misbehave in these situations.

Which word should be in the gap?

Choose the right answer:

  1. fair
  2. lovely
  3. right
  4. possible



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(Note: Cliché! = old tired saying.)

By the way, fair means it’s good for both sides (in a conflict or game), but fair also means beautiful.

love and war

Here are some examples of how you can use All’s fair in love and war:

The candidate said bad things about his opponent, some of which wasn’t true at all, but that’s okay as all’s fair in love and war.

I lied about my age in my online profile on the dating site, but all’s fair in love and war, isn’t it?

The army used disproportional force to protect its own soldiers, due to which many innocent civilians were killed. What do you say: All’s fair in love and war?

The criminal used the good guy’s girlfriend as a human shield, so he wouldn’t get shot. As they say, all’s fair in love and war.

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