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pro bono

For free. From Latin, literally "for the good." Is there any way we can get Dr. Stuart to do the surgery pro bono? It would save this little girl's life, but her family just doesn't have the money to pay for it. Our law firm is going to represent this group of customers pro bono. It's not right that all these giant corporations think they can just walk all over common folk.
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pro forma

Done as a formality. From Latin, literally "for the sake of form." A: "What exactly happens in a pro forma session of Congress?" B: "They just meet for a few minutes because they are technically in session. No one votes or anything." Please, this is just some pro forma PR statement so companies won't drop him from their payroll.
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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


In favor of a woman's right to have access to legal abortion. Yeah, I'm pro-choice. I just don't think the government should have any say over what women do with their bodies.


Opposed to abortion. Yeah, I'm pro-life. Someone has to protect the life of the unborn, right?

pros and cons

The various positive ("pros") and negative ("cons") aspects of something; the advantages or disadvantages of something. Any time I have to make a tough decision, I take a moment to consider the pros and cons. There are of course both pros and cons to this approach, but we feel that the benefits greatly outweigh the negatives.
See also: and, con, pro

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

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

When the world changes and becomes strange, those who were previously outside the standards of normality will have an opportunity to become successful. Coined by Hunter S. Thompson in his 1971 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. A: "Why do you think your chaotic style of music is resonating with people so much right now?" B: "Because we're living in chaotic times. What can I say, when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." Conspiracy theories always thrive in times of political upheaval or instability. When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
See also: get, going, turn, weird
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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
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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
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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
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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?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

quid pro quo

Tit for tat; in law, a consideration (payment). These Latin words, literally meaning “this for that,” have been used in this way since Shakespeare’s time. Indeed, he used it in Henry VI, Part 1, when Margaret tells the Earl of Suffolk, “I cry you mercy, ’tis but quid pro quo” (5.3).
See also: pro, quid, quo
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Quality under the PROS II contract is measured using three important criteria:
There are two program management offices (PMOs) under the PROS II contract.
Task orders under the PROS II contract have ranged from very simple requirements such as conducting logistics management reviews, to very complex requirements, such as the establishment of an engine test facility in an FMS customer's country.
One of the original goals of task order support was to provide the capability to resolve critical part shortages when parts are no longer available through the PROS II requisition process.
Task order execution is dependent on expedited task ordering procedures which are established in the PROS II contract.
The customer communicates the FMS task order requirement to the command country manager and the AFSAC PROS II program management office.