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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References in classic literature ?
The simplest farmer would have had documents, while he had nothing but a gentleman's agreement, and a verbal one at that.
GPs are undermining choice in the NHS by operating "gentleman's agreements" not to take on each other's patients, a health minister says.
A GOVERNMENT minister accused GPs of operating "gentleman's agreements" in which they promise not to take other doctors' patients, it was reported today.