lot of give-and-take

give and take

1. noun (sometimes hyphenated) The exchange of mutual compromise or concession; negotiation, bargaining, and/or compromise. There's always going to be some give and take when new legislation is introduced in politics. You won't get far in this business if you aren't willing to allow a little give-and-take with your competitors.
2. noun (sometimes hyphenated) Lively two-way discussion; the exchange of ideas or conversation. The purpose of this meeting is to have a bit of give-and-take between employees and the management for ideas on the direction of the company.
3. verb To compromise or concede; to negotiate, bargain, and/or compromise. You have to be willing to give and take when you enter politics, otherwise nothing will ever get done.
4. verb To engage in lively two-way discussion; to exchange ideas or conversation. The university has set up an online forum so students are able to give and take with the administration.
See also: and, give, take

lot of give-and-take

 
1. Fig. a lot of two-way discussion. It was a good meeting. There was a lot of give-and-take, and we all learned.
2. Fig. a lot of negotiating and bargaining. After an afternoon of give-and-take, we were finally able to put all the details into an agreement.
See also: lot, of