Definition of Tit for tat

1. Noun. An equivalent given in return.

Generic synonyms: Getting Even, Paying Back, Return

Definition of Tit for tat

1. Noun. (idiomatic) equivalent retribution, an eye for an eye, returning exactly what you get. ¹

2. Noun. (Cockney rhyming slang) hat. ¹

3. Adjective. Having the characteristic of returning bad for bad. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tit For Tat

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tit for tat (current term)
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tit juice
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Literary usage of Tit for tat

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1. The Greville Memoirs: A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV., King by Charles Greville (1903)
"... Princess Lieven—Mr. Spurgeon's Preaching—Mr. Gladstone in Opposition—Tit for Tat—Difficult Relations with France—Lord John in Opposition—The Liddell v. ..."

2. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: To which is Prefixed, a by John Jamieson (1879)
"Serenius renders the phrase, " to give one tit for tat," ... Might we not view tit for tat as formed from S. tit, a slight stroke? ..."

3. Publications of the Navy Records Society by Navy Records Society (Great Britain) (1908)
"tit for tat. A SEA KICK FOR A LAND CUFF. Being the sailors' song upon our having a Hawke's eye on the French fleet, the fourteenth of October last [1747]. ..."

4. Old Deccan Days: Or, Hindoo Fairy Legends Current in Southern India by Mary Frere, Bartle Frere (1898)
"... XIII tit for tat. ' I ""HERE once lived a Camel and a Jackal who were great J- friends. One day the Jackal said to the Camel, ' I know that there is a ..."

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