level playing field


General English

  • noun
    (written as level playing-field)
    a situation in which all the conditions are the same for everyone who is involved, so that nobody has an unfair advantage


  • noun a situation in which the same rules apply for all competitors and none of them has any special advantage over the others


  • The objective of those who advocate protection on the grounds the foreign firms have an unfair advantage. A level playing field would remove such advantages, although it is not usually clear what sorts of advantage (including comparative advantage) would be permitted to remain. See fairness argument for protection.