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quid pro quo

A favor done for someone in exchange for a favor in return. This Latin phrase means "something for something." You wash my car, and I'll drop off your dry cleaning—quid pro quo. Our company has a specific policy against quid pro quo, to prevent unfair treatment and harassment.
See also: pro, quid, quo

pros and cons

The positive ("pros") and negative ("cons") aspects of something. Any time I have to make a tough decision, I take a moment to consider the pros and cons.
See also: and, con, pro

pro tip

A piece of advice from an expert or professional. The phrase is often used humorously to introduce unnecessary or obvious advice. Pro tip: keep the knife away from your fingers when you chop vegetables. The plumber gave me a few pro tips to fix that problem if it happens again.
See also: pro, tip

pros and cons

Arguments or considerations for and against something, as in We'd best weigh all the pros and cons before we decide to add a new wing to the library. This idiom is taken from the Latin pro for "for" and con for "against." [Late 1500s]
See also: and, con, pro

quid pro quo

An equal exchange or substitution, as in I think it should be quid pro quo-you mow the lawn and I'll take you to the movies. This Latin expression, meaning "something for something," has been used in English since the late 1500s.
See also: pro, quid, quo

the pros and cons

the arguments for and against something; the advantages and disadvantages of something.
Pro is Latin for ‘for’; con is an abbreviation of Latin contra , meaning ‘against’.
See also: and, con, pro

the ˌpros and ˈcons (of something)

the arguments for and against something; the advantages and disadvantages (of something): Your idea is interesting, but let’s look carefully at its pros and cons before we take any decisions.This expression comes from the Latin words pro, meaning ‘for’, and contra, meaning ‘against’.
See also: and, con, pro

ˌquid pro ˈquo

(from Latin) a thing that is given in return for something else: The management have agreed to begin pay talks as a quid pro quo for suspension of strike action.
The meaning of the Latin phrase is ‘something for something’.
See also: pro, quid, quo


1. n. a professional (at anything); someone as good as a professional. When it comes to typing, he’s a pro.
2. mod. professional. I hope to play pro ball next year.
3. n. a prostitute. Do you think she’s a pro or just overly friendly?
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