tit for tat

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Origin uncertain: conjectured to be related to "dit voor dat" - Dutch for "this for that", "tip for tap" (i.e. a blow for a blow), or French "tant pour tant" (equal for equal) - The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms - Eds. Elizabeth McLaren Kirkpatrick, Catherine M. Schwarz, 1993


tit for tat (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) equivalent retribution, an eye for an eye, returning exactly what one gets.
    If you hit me, I'll hit you back; tit for tat.



tit for tat (plural tit for tats)

  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) hat.

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