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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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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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Islamabad reserved the right to give a tit-for-tat response to NATO attacks, said another political commentator, Khushal Rohi, who said Pakistan took such decisions to calm down angry demonstrations and prevent a possible public uprising against the government.
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2008, Chavez expelled the top US envoy in Caracas, prompting a tit-for-tat move from Washington.
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In a tit-for-tat move, Venezuela later displayed the laptop of a murdered drug trafficker, which it said contained information implicating Colombia's national police chief in the cocaine trade.
One Arab-language newspaper editor "told us he is preparing an extensive survey of ethnic cleansing, which he said is taking place in almost every Iraqi province, as political parties and their militias are seemingly engaged in tit-for-tat reprisals all over Iraq.
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