give and take

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition -

"give and take"

the practice of dealing by compromise or mutual concession;



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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - give and take

"give and take"

a lively and good-natured exchange of talk and ideas


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - give and take

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Are we prepared for this negotiation?

Colleague 2:  We have drawn up a list of our needs and also what we are willing to concede.

Colleague 1:  Excellent. Successful negotiations are always about a healthy give and take.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - give and take

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  It is always fun to get together with Alfred.

Friend 2:  He is a brilliant conversationalist.

Friend 1:  And the friendly banter and give and take of the conversations is always fun. The witty repartee back and forth certainly keeps things lively and interesting.

give and take - Usage:


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give and take - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for give and take.

give and take - Examples:

1)  ... a trade deal is regulatory equivalence. There is usually a great deal of give and take, with changes to domestic laws and regulations to match those of the ...

2)  Every negotiation is about give and take on both sides and we have to go into this discussion understanding ...

3)  The many seeking balance is a fluid process of effort and restraint -- of give and take -- of protest and surrender, a dynamic negotiation between forces, ...

4)   His relationship with Foley was based on give and take. They didn't see eye to eye on all things tactical but ...

5)  Or perhaps you two just can't compromise. There's no give and take, and so every issue becomes a fight to the death.

6)  ... case to negotiate and resolve the dispute in a spirit of give and take.

7)  Life is a two-way carriageway of give and take, hope and despair, joy and sadness, laughter and tears.

8)  A conversation follows between the two which seems to have a lot of give and take.

9)  ... approachable, two-way conversation that is then able to have a bit of compromise and give and take.

10)  We all understand that love in a relationship is a give and take affair. You give love and you receive love.

11)  It is a system that allows members to simultaneously teach and learn, to give and take.

12)  I have always said that in any dispute, there must be give and take, for the best solution to be achieved.

13)  ... the memoranda of understanding or bilateral agreements you are signing; it has to be give and take

14)  ... a former economics professor, said he enjoyed the give and take with the feisty crowd.

15)  It's an obvious sign of the unexpressed give and take of their relationship.

16)  We have disagreed from time to time, but I think the give and take of it has been a learning for both sides.

17)  ... taught us to live and love; to read and reach; to give and take, to respect and never to neglect, ...

18)  Residents have always understood the importance of co-existence and the need for give and take in a diverse and built-up community like ours.

19)  ... it is a given that in any dialogue there should be a degree of give and take.

20)  We need to exercise mutual understanding and give and take.