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.]
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tit for tat

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

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

- Probably borrowed from Dutch tip for tap, "blow for blow."
See also related terms for tap.
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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"
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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
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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 .
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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. You know that many high-mettled horses will do so."
I directed him, with jocose reference to the collision of interests between us, to address his letter: "Tit for Tat, Post-office, West Strand."
Saxon an' I believe in tit for tat. So we're wishin' for the day when the table is turned clear around an' we're sittin' as guests at your weddin' supper.
Tit for tat, quits, a match of Heaven's own making!'
'The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines did not say that Beijing would adopt a 'tit for tat' approach should the Philippine government deport Chinese nationals found working illegally in the country,' the embassy said.
"Meghan would be very unwise to get involved in a tit for tat war with Kate or anyone else.