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challenge the status quo

To behave or do something in a way contrary to that which is generally accepted or expected. I love this filmmaker, his movies really challenge the status quo! It can be risky, but challenging the status quo can be a great way to get ahead in business.
See also: challenge, quo, status

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

the status quo

The condition or state of affairs as it already exists or operates. Despite their myriad promises, politicians are inevitably more interested in maintaining the status quo, which is more profitable for them and their corporate buddies.
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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

status quo

The existing condition or state of affairs, as in We don't want to admit more singers to the chorus; we like the status quo. This term, Latin for "state in which," has been used in English since the early 1800s.
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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’.
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the status ˈquo

(from Latin) the situation as it is now, or as it was before a recent change: The conservatives are keen to maintain the status quo.
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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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Status quo - existing state of affairs, social structure, and values.
I still play the way I played with Quo, I haven't changed anything.
The Quo are world renowned and we are all extremely excited to rock and roll with the best in the West.
With Quo now a muchloved rock institution, Rossi and Parfitt will rock Newcastle Arena one last time.
Follow-up album Quid Pro Quo included a new version of the band's 1986 hit In The Army Now, in support of the Help for Heroes charity campaign.
Status Quo will star at Llangollen Eisteddfod's closing concert with Bryn Terfel (below left)
Quo brands lack clear decision-making and direction.
Francis Rossi, 62, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster, both 63, and John Coghlan, 65, put their differences aside for a one-off jamming session in Hello Quo, a documentary on the rock band to be released in October.
Francis Rossi, 62, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster, both 63, and John Coghlan, 65, put their differences aside for Hello Quo, a new docu-film on the band to be released in October.
Status Quo have been regarded as national treasures by some, but too often they're also blamed for most of rock's more embarrassing ills.
Status Quo @ Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (Saturday) * RIGHT, a quick Latin lesson.
Live At St Luke's, London Francis Rossi The Status Quo frontman's recent Birmingham Town Hall solo show, part of his second UK tour, was cancelled due to the singer/ guitarist undergoing a hernia operation but this live CD and DVD should go some way to pacify disappointed fans.
The status quo in the situation is not sustainable or stable.
To add insult to injury, the two original members of Quo have just been decorated for services to entertainment, and I should think so too.
IN THE year that Status Quo released their first single, Sir Ivor won the Derby, West Brom won the FA Cup, Martin Luther King was assassinated and Prime Minister Harold Wilson, had he been so minded, could have attended the premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.