quid pro quo

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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

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

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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In addition, for eligible part-time employees, the Globe agreed as a quid pro quo to one sick day per year and a bereavement day benefit per employee.
Representative David Obey, who chairs the subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, is the only one making a big fuss, demanding information on the quid pro quos from Bush's State Department [see "Beltway Bandits," page 728].
But Bush also claimed that as far as he knew nobody in the government had engaged in any quid pro quo agreement, period.