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gen·tle·man's agreement

or gen·tle·men's agreement (jĕn′tl-mənz)
An agreement guaranteed only by the pledged word or unspoken understanding of the parties.
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gentlemen's agreement


gentleman's agreement

a personal understanding or arrangement based on honour and not legally binding
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(or gen′tleman's) agree′ment,

an agreement that, although unenforceable at law, is binding as a matter of personal honor.
[1885–90, Amer.]
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Noun1.gentlemen's agreement - a personal agreement based on honor and not legally binding
agreement, understanding - the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises; "they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business"; "there was an understanding between management and the workers"
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gentlemen’s agreement

nGentlemen’s Agreement nt; (esp in business) → Vereinbarung fauf Treu und Glauben
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Leaders on both sides respected each other and even in defeat submission was done with a gentleman's agreement.
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"The acid test of that, though, will be whether anybody wanted to challenge that gentleman's agreement.