gentleman's agreement

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gen·tle·man's agreement

or gen·tle·men's agreement (jĕn′tl-mənz)
n.
An agreement guaranteed only by the pledged word or unspoken understanding of the parties.
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Mr Bradshaw said: "There is no doubt there are some areas where gentleman's agreements operate that mitigate against lists being open to new patients and therefore work against real patient choice.
He told the BBC: "There is no doubt there are some areas where gentleman's agreements operate that mitigate against lists being open to new patients.
If you ask if these gentleman's agreements will hold, you are very wrong.