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give someone tit for tat

Fig. to give someone something equal to what was given you; to exchange a series of very similar things, one by one, with someone. They gave me the same kind of difficulty that I gave them. They gave me tit for tat. He punched me, so I punched him. Every time he hit me, I hit him. I just gave him tit for tat.
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a tit-for-tat action is something bad that you do to someone because they have done something bad to you (always before noun) Six of the victims died in tit-for-tat attacks. (informal)

tit for tat

Repayment in kind, retaliation, as in If he won't help with the beach clean-up, I won't run a booth at the bake sale; that's tit for tat . This term is believed to be a corruption of tip for tap, which meant "a blow for a blow." Its current form dates from the mid-1500s.
See also: tat, tit


n. a tattoo. Nice tats!


n. a temporary tattoo. (Viewed as wimpy by those bearing real ink.) My father nearly croaked until I convinced him they were temp-tats.
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The TAT process is implemented by and for its primary stakeholders, general education teachers.
This manuscript contains a complete evaluation of empirical research assessing TAT social validity as reported by general education teachers.
The following criteria was used to select studies included in this review: (a) the TAT model (Chalfant et al.
To improve TATs to fulfill clinicians' goals requires complete and long-term commitment to the process of continuous improvement.
Despite these improvements, a review of the literature indicates that laboratory test ED TAT has remained at or greater than 1 hour since at least 1965.
We report here on the TAT survey results and on a corresponding physician satisfaction survey, compare results with those obtained over the previous 8 years, and suggest changes that can be made to improve performance.
The burning question then became, What is Tat doing out there?
How Tat functions inside the cell is now fairly well understood.
A lot of people said that Tat didn't do anything, but you can trace that to the fact that they didn't know how to handle the molecule properly," argues C.
After controlling our outliers, we sought better methods for pursuing our TAT analysis and reporting goals.
Query against a special TAT database populated with data extracted from our LIS's files.
We knew we needed to establish the current TAT in order to monitor any improvements.
We decided to focus our attention on timed gases, postulating that the less frequent Stat and routine specimens would be affected by our proposed solutions aimed at improving TAT on timed ABGs.
One out of three labs (34%) measure TAT from the time the specimen is received in the lab, while 31% figure it from the time the request is received in the lab.
Smaller hospitals, conversely, tended to calculate beginning TAT at the time the specimen is obtained from the patient (24% as opposed to 11% of larger institutions).