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trade off

1. To exchange something in return for some other thing as part of a deal or compromise. I'd be willing to trade off some of my salary for the ability to work three days a week, to be honest.
2. To take turns doing something. We all trade off various chores around the house each week.
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trade something off

 
1. Lit. to get rid of something in an exchange. I traded my car off. I traded off my old car for a new one.
2. Fig. to sacrifice something in an exchange. You may end up trading job security off for more money. Don't trade off your job security.
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trade off

Exchange one thing for another, especially as a compromise. For example, They were willing to trade off some vacation for the freedom to work flexible hours. This idiom gave rise to tradeoff for "an exchange." [First half of 1800s]
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trade off

v.
To take turns: My roommate and I trade off washing the dishes.
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