tit for tat

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\ˌtit-fər-ˈtat\

Definition of tit for tat

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

tit–for–tat

adjective

Origin and Etymology of tit for tat

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


First Known Use: 1556



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