tit for tat

noun phrase
\ ˌtit-fər-ˈtat How to pronounce tit for tat (audio) \

Definition of tit for tat

: an equivalent given in return (as for an injury) : retaliation in kind

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tit-for-tat adjective

First Known Use of tit for tat

1556, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tit for tat

alteration of earlier tip for tap, from tip (blow) + for + tap

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The first known use of tit for tat was in 1556

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“Tit for tat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tit%20for%20tat. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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tit for tat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tit for tat

: a situation in which you do something to harm someone who has done something harmful to you

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