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English definition of “double standard”

double standard

noun [C] uk   us  
a rule or standard of good behaviour that, unfairly, some people are expected to follow or achieve but other people are not: The government is being accused of (having) double standards in being tough on law and order yet allowing its own MPs to escape prosecution for fraud.
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