tit-for-tat


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tit-for-tat

  (informal)
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)
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We will not follow a tit-for-tat policy, but we are fully capable of protecting our national interests," Qureshi said.
It also approved $20 million to fund methods to help Iranians break through Iran's Internet filters and reach blocked sites; the Majlis did not consider any tit-for-tat program there.
A tit-for-tat diplomatic spat is closer to being resolved as Venezuela and the US announce their ambassadors will be reinstated.
A player using the tit-for-tat strategy cooperates in the first round and then in each subsequent round mimics the opponent's behavior in the previous round.
Even before Torres and Thompson's tit-for-tat times, the interplay between the two sprinters took center stage.
Relations between the two villages have been tense ever since a gunfire exchange spurred a series of similar tit-for-tat incidents, involving the Sunni residents of Jabal Akroum and the Shiite Beit Jfar.
NNA - The Moqdad family and the residents of Mqenneh village on Saturday confirmed that their son Youssef, abducted three days ago, was in the Bek town of Arsal, whose locals are now menaced of tit-for-tat snatching if the latter's destiny remains unearthed.
Summary: Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador from Colombo in a tit-for-tat move amid tensions .
The worry is that this foolish act could lead to other people doing equally stupid things and it could end up becoming a tit-for-tat escalation.
It's tit-for-tat behaviour worthy of schoolboys, not Premier League stars.
Dr Pugh said that the number of inquiries at Sefton Borough Council had now reached "almost epidemic proportions", with tit-for-tat "politically motivated" complaints on the rise.
A HOUSE has been targeted in another tit-for-tat shooting on Mersey-side.
It's all relative andwe could go on playing tit-for-tat for ever.
The move seemed sure to speed up a cycle of tit-for-tat violence that has claimed at least 46 lives over the last four days.
But Asda CEO Allan Leighton rubbished the campaign with the comment: "This is all tit-for-tat stuff.