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quid pro quo

[kwid proh kwoh] /ˈkwɪd proʊ ˈkwoʊ/
noun, plural quid pro quos, quids pro quo for 2.
1.
(italics) Latin. one thing in return for another.
2.
something that is given or taken in return for something else; substitute.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; Latin quid prō quō literally, something for something; see what, pro1
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  • The first piece of the quid pro quo is already in place.
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  • It should not be conditional on some sort of amnesty quid pro quo.
  • How education has become such as a quid pro quo for better economic futures.
British Dictionary definitions for quid pro quo

quid pro quo

/ˈkwɪd prəʊ ˈkwəʊ/
noun (pl) quid pro quos
1.
a reciprocal exchange
2.
something given in compensation, esp an advantage or object given in exchange for another
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: something for something
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Word Origin and History for quid pro quo

1560s, from Latin, literally "something for something, one thing for another," from nominative and ablative neuter singulars of relative pronoun qui "who" (see who) + pro "for" (see pro-) + quo, ablative of quid.

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quid pro quo in Culture
quid pro quo [(kwid proh kwoh)]

A fair exchange; the phrase is most frequently used in diplomacy: “The Chinese may make some concessions on trade, but they will no doubt demand a quid pro quo, so we must be prepared to make concessions too.” From Latin, meaning “something for something.”

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Idioms and Phrases with quid pro 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.
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