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gentlemen's agreement,

in U.S. history, an agreement between the United States and Japan in 1907 that Japan should stop the emigration of its laborers to the United States and that the United States should stop discrimination against Japanese living in the United States. This agreement was ended in 1924 by the act of Congress excluding immigration from Japan, as immigration from China had been previously excluded.
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But he came down here on trial, people got wind of it, other clubs showed an interest and our gentlemen's agreement seems no longer to be a gentlemen's agreement.
Pei has already worked out a gentlemen's agreement with the Javits Center to yield to their availability.
In 1944 he also began to direct movies, including A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Gentlemen's Agreement, A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront (for which he received an Academy Award for 1954), and East of Eden.
The Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is taking steps to end the gentlemen's agreement, dating back to 1970, which foresees that the European Council and the Council do not scrutinise each other's budget sections.
Stewart reached a gentlemen's agreement with the 33-year-old before going on holiday.
We have got a gentlemen's agreement - I am not that bad'', Keating told GMTV.