Play the white man

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Play the white man is a term used in parts of England meaning to be decent and trustworthy in one's actions.[citation needed] The similar American expression is "that's mighty white of you" with the meaning of "thank you for being fair".[1]

The origin of the phrase is obscure. The color white has long been associated with purity and virtue in English culture, but the racial sense of the expression may refer more explicitly to the administrators and soldiers of the 19th-century British Empire.

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  1. ^ Smitherman, G (2006). Words and Expressions, Proverbs and Familiar Sayings. Word from the mother (pp. 45). Routledge: New York.
  2. ^ Coronation Street July 12 2013