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tit for tat

Describing an act of retaliation. The phrase is most likely an alteration of the Dutch phrase "tip for tap," which means "blow for blow." She's mad at me, so she refuses to help me plan this event—typical tit for tat.
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temp tat

An informal shortening of "temporary tattoo." We all got temp tats down at the mall. My mom freaked out when she saw the picture on my ankle until I showed her that it was just a temp tat.
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give (one) tit for tat

To retaliate against one. The phrase is most likely an alteration of the Dutch phrase "tip for tap," which means "blow for blow." A: "Shelly's mad at you?" B: "Yep, and she's giving me tit for tat by refusing to help me plan this event." I know your brother hit you, but you don't have to give him tit for tat—find a better solution than that.
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give someone tit for tat

Fig. to give someone something equal to what was given you; to exchange a series of very similar things, one by one, with someone. They gave me the same kind of difficulty that I gave them. They gave me tit for tat. He punched me, so I punched him. Every time he hit me, I hit him. I just gave him tit for tat.
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tit for tat

Repayment in kind, retaliation, as in If he won't help with the beach clean-up, I won't run a booth at the bake sale; that's tit for tat . This term is believed to be a corruption of tip for tap, which meant "a blow for a blow." Its current form dates from the mid-1500s.
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tit for tat

Tit for tat is something that someone does to upset or harm someone who has upset or harmed them. In an apparent tit for tat, he announced he was sacking the members of two committees responsible for reactor safety. Note: Tit for tat is also used before nouns. A tit for tat dispute has led to the virtual closure of the border between the two countries.
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tit for tat

a situation in which an injury or insult is given in return or retaliation.
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ˌtit for ˈtat

a situation in which you do something unpleasant to somebody because they have done something unpleasant to you: He hit me, so I hit him back — it was tit for tat.the routine tit for tat when countries expel each other’s envoys
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n. a tattoo. Nice tats!


n. a temporary tattoo. (Viewed as wimpy by those bearing real ink.) My father nearly croaked until I convinced him they were temp-tats.

tit for tat

Payment in kind; precise retaliation. Most authorities believe this expression was a corruption of tip for tap, meaning “a blow for a blow.” It was already in its current form in the sixteenth century. John Heywood’s Proverbs (1546) stated, “Sens tyt for tat (quoth I) on euen hand is set, Set the hares head against the goose ieblet,” and in his Spider and Flie (1556), “That is tit for tat in this altricacion.”
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Several service delivery options were considered for Pixley ka Seme area that would improve TAT, while taking into account the vast distances between facilities in the district and proximity to the closest testing facilities.
This study confirms that the establishment of an ITSDM tier 3 laboratory in a remote, under-serviced area of SA with historically poor TAT can lead to a dramatic improvement of local service delivery.
The TAT process involves team members working together to identify referral problems, develop and implement interventions, and evaluate the impact of interventions.
Social validity is an important variable in assessing TAT implementation and effectiveness (Gresham, 1989; Noell & Gresham, 1993; Shapiro, 1987).
To improve TATs to fulfill clinicians' goals requires complete and long-term commitment to the process of continuous improvement.
Laboratory services to the ED are a topic of many anecdotal conversations within institutions, with responsiveness, as expressed as the time to return a test result or test turnaround time (TAT), being a major component of those discussions.
The frequency analysis showed results from the lab viewpoint as having an average monthly outlier percentage of 10% or that the troponin TAT was met 90% of the time.
Since this study was conducted an even faster troponin I test was implemented from the vendor which would shorten the TAT of the analysis.
We use our Cerner PathNet (Cerner, Kansas City, Mo.) LIS as a turnaround time capturing and extraction tool in our continuing quest to confirm we meet the TAT needs of our customers.
Because the TQM process is data-driven, the team needed published data on acceptable standards for blood gas TAT. Little usable data were available, however.
Figure 2 TAT expectations and actualities in minutes Nursing Internist supervisor Laboratorian Actual TAT Test AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM Blood gases 27 29 28 32 31 33 31 34 BUN 78 80 77 75 96 95 86 81 CBC 72 73 70 69 90 91 85 79 Crossmatch 80 82 83 86 102 103 95 97 Electrolytes 70 72 72 74 89 90 83 77 Glucose 65 66 61 62 84 89 77 74 PT 67 68 67 67 85 85 79 82 Urinalysis 78 78 83 80 94 97 91 94
"Lab personnel are busy doing these Stats, causing a delay in TAT with routine tests," this laboratorian says.
AIDS investigators embracing this century-old strategy argue that the HIV protein Tat is also a secreted toxin, one that dangerously subdues the immune system.
Therefore, in our previous works, we constructed cell-permeable monofunctional antioxidant enzyme SOD-TAT with the fusion of human CuZn-SOD and TAT peptide [14].
The recombinant protein was the fusion of hCuZn-SOD (SOD1) and cell-penetrating peptide derived from HIV-1 TAT protein transduction domain TAT (YGRKKRRQRRR).