tit for tat


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tit for tat

n.
Repayment in kind, as for an injury; retaliation.

[Probably alteration of tip for tap.]

tit for tat

n
1. an equivalent given in return or retaliation; blow for blow
[C16: from earlier tip for tap]

tit for tat

(ˈtɪt fər ˈtæt)
n.
an equivalent given in retaliation.
[1550–60; perhaps alter. of earlier tip for tap]

tit for tat

- Probably borrowed from Dutch tip for tap, "blow for blow."
See also related terms for tap.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tit for tat - an equivalent given in return
getting even, paying back, return - a reciprocal group action; "in return we gave them as good as we got"

tit for tat

noun
1. retaliation, like for like, measure for measure, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, blow for blow, as good as you get a dangerous game of tit for tat
adjective
1. retaliatory, revenge, reciprocal a round of tit-for-tat expulsions

tit for tat

noun
The act of retaliating:
Idioms: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, like for like , measure for measure .
Translations
oko za oko
fogat fogértszemet szemért
oko za oko, zub za zub
References in classic literature ?
But she is naturally a more irritable constitution than the black horse; flies tease her more; anything wrong in the harness frets her more; and if she were ill-used or unfairly treated she would not be unlikely to give tit for tat.
Tit for Tat, based on a previous version called the Prisoner's Dilemma, is a game of strategy, that is highly applicable to the present political situation in Bahrain.
Our forces kept them 2 kilometres from airport by giving them a tit for tat response", he said this while talking to media men after passing out parade of personnel of anti terrorism force here Saturday.
OH DEAR, I feel that my correspondence is turning into a tit for tat situation with Derek Thompson (Your Shout, November 2).