give-and-take

noun \ ˌgiv-ən-ˈtāk \

Definition of give-and-take

1 :the practice of making mutual concessions :compromise
2 :a usually good-natured exchange (as of ideas or comments)

First Known Use of give-and-take

1679


put-and-take

noun \ ˌpu̇t-ᵊn-ˈtāk \

Definition of put-and-take

:any of various games of chance played with a teetotum or with dice in which players contribute to a pool and take from it according to the instructions on the top or dice

First Known Use of put-and-take

1921


sit up and take notice

Definition of sit up and take notice

:to suddenly pay attention to (someone or something)
  • The news made them sit up and take notice.

Word by Word Definitions

sit play
  1. : to rest on the buttocks or haunches

  2. : perch, roost

  3. : to occupy a place as a member of an official body

  1. : the manner in which a garment fits

  2. : an act or period of sitting

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

notice play
  1. : warning or intimation of something : announcement

  2. : the announcement of a party's intention to quit an agreement or relation at a specified time

  3. : the condition of being warned or notified

  1. : to give notice of

  2. : to comment upon

  3. : review


(sit up and) take notice

Definition of (sit up and) take notice

:to become aware of and give attention to someone or something
  • The team has been playing better recently, and people are starting to (sit up and) take notice.

Word by Word Definitions

sit play
  1. : to rest on the buttocks or haunches

  2. : perch, roost

  3. : to occupy a place as a member of an official body

  1. : the manner in which a garment fits

  2. : an act or period of sitting

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

notice play
  1. : warning or intimation of something : announcement

  2. : the announcement of a party's intention to quit an agreement or relation at a specified time

  3. : the condition of being warned or notified

  1. : to give notice of

  2. : to comment upon

  3. : review


GIVE-AND-TAKE Defined for English Language Learners

give-and-take

noun

Definition of give-and-take for English Language Learners

  • : the process by which people reach an agreement with each other by giving up something that was wanted and agreeing to some of the things wanted by the other person

  • : the act or process of exchanging ideas or comments



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