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tit for tat

Describing an act of retaliation. The phrase is most likely an alteration of the Dutch phrase "tip for tap," which means "blow for blow." She's mad at me, so she refuses to help me plan this event—typical tit for tat.
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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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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.
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tit for tat

Tit for tat is something that someone does to upset or harm someone who has upset or harmed them. In an apparent tit for tat, he announced he was sacking the members of two committees responsible for reactor safety. Note: Tit for tat is also used before nouns. A tit for tat dispute has led to the virtual closure of the border between the two countries.
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tit for tat

a situation in which an injury or insult is given in return or retaliation.
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ˌtit for ˈtat

a situation in which you do something unpleasant to somebody because they have done something unpleasant to you: He hit me, so I hit him back — it was tit for tat.the routine tit for tat when countries expel each other’s envoys
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tat

n. a tattoo. Nice tats!

temp-tat

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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Owing to the absence of an end-to-end sample tracking system, it was not possible to report TAT for afferent (time from sample collection by the courier at the health facility to registration on the LIS) and efferent (time from result authorisation to result delivery to the health facility) phases of the laboratory value chain.
Breakdown of TOTAL-TAT in the pre-implementation (April- November 2012) and post-implementation phases (January-July 2013), into mean PRE-LAB TAT (blue), mean IN-LAB TAT (black) and mean RVW- TAT (grey).
Seven empirical studies assessing TAT social validity as reported by general education teachers were analyzed for this research review.
Social validity is an important variable in assessing TAT implementation and effectiveness (Gresham, 1989; Noell & Gresham, 1993; Shapiro, 1987).
In 1983, ED draw-to-report TAT was reported to have a mean of 86 minutes for a chemistry panel containing potassium and 38 minutes for a complete blood count containing hemoglobin, comparable to the TATs observed today.
These results supported earlier observations that satellite testing laboratories are subject to a queuing effect that results in excessive TATs when the limited capacities of the analytic systems in those laboratories are exceeded.
They've begun to inject people with inactivated forms of Tat.
At first glance, Tat makes an unlikely candidate for a component of an AIDS vaccine.
Lab TAT for troponin tests were obtained inclusive of the computer time ordered, time of collection, time of receipt in lab, and time of completion.
Measures: The source for the benchmark of 60 minutes for the troponin (I) TAT as measured from receipt to report time to determine the outlier percentage was the same as in the Holland, et al, study of 11 hospitals described earlier.
LIS as a turnaround time capturing and extraction tool in our continuing quest to confirm we meet the TAT needs of our customers.
During a 14-month project, these laboratorians reduced TAT dramatically and made client satisfaction soar.
Figure 2 TAT expectations and actualities in minutes Nursing Internist supervisor Laboratorian Actual TAT Test AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM Blood gases 27 29 28 32 31 33 31 34 BUN 78 80 77 75 96 95 86 81 CBC 72 73 70 69 90 91 85 79 Crossmatch 80 82 83 86 102 103 95 97 Electrolytes 70 72 72 74 89 90 83 77 Glucose 65 66 61 62 84 89 77 74 PT 67 68 67 67 85 85 79 82 Urinalysis 78 78 83 80 94 97 91 94
Lab personnel are busy doing these Stats, causing a delay in TAT with routine tests," this laboratorian says.
Protein transduction domain of HIV-1 tat protein promotes efficient delivery of DNA into mammalian cells," The Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol.