tit for tat




Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - tit for tat

"tit for tat"

an action in exchange for another equal action

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - tit for tat

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Why is Peter stalling on his contribution to my report? I really need to get it submitted before the deadline.

Colleague 2: Perhaps because you stalled on your contribution to his report last week. Peter got into some trouble over that.

Colleague 1: I had forgotten about that. I suppose his behavior is simply tit for tat.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - tit for tat

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: You look tired today.

Friend 2: Did you sleep in your clothes?

Friend 1: And what's with your hair? Do you have a rat living in there?

Friend 2: Your shoes are ugly.

Friend 1: Your dress is ugly.

Friend 2: Enough with the tit for tat. Let's go have some breakfast.

Friend 1: OK

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tit for tat - Usage:

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tit for tat - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for tit for tat.




tit for tat - Examples:

1)  A synergistic help exchange is not a barter system or "tit for tat" exchange system. It is not charity.

2)  One thing I'd like to see if major papers ignoring the daily tit for tat and concentrating on the more analytical stories.

3)  Ask them to educate you on exactly what they do. Tit for tat. No favors, no begging, no debt.

4)  Instead of turning the other cheek, tit for tat teaches you the old Testament doctrine of an eye for an eye.

5)  The worst part of this entire thing is the tit for tat infantile behavior. 

6)  I don't want a tit for tat blame game. 

7)  Once it becomes tit for tat, it could get ugly.

8)  While relationships shouldn't be tit for tat arrangements, the underlying willingness to reciprocate -- even if it's really ...

9)  ... prevents unnecessary competition and promotes heartfelt cooperation and compassion between community members. Drop the tit for tat.

10)  In this article what is not mentioned is the lead up to this and the tit for tat killings, including assassinations. Both sides have broken ceasefires.

11)  Is it tit for tat with the name calling and accusations, yes?

12)  After all, this does fit into your prediction of a worsening trade environment and tit for tat / beggar my neighbour trade policies escalating in the post-crises period. 

13)  This will more likely result in a tit for tat trade war that will hurt the US export. 

14)  ... it pays to be considerate of the goals of others. "Tit for tat" is an effective basis for fostering cooperation and trade.

15)  Don't be cheap and calculative. Friendship is not about tit for tat. When you put your energy into constantly monitoring who pays for what ...

16)  This is why reciprocity is not to be thought of as strict 'tit for tat': getting just what you 'put in' and no more.

17)  There has been an escalation in tit for tat violence over the last few days. Israel says it is responding to ...

18)  Tit for tat - an equivalent given in retaliation (for an injury, etc. ...

19)  ... to end the old culture of tit for tat and find ways for us to work together to advance our mutual interests.

20)  However, the situation with Lords reform and boundary changes may lead to a tit for tat blocking of each party's policies.